JACKSONVILLE, FL – Chan Sung Jong knows this might be his last chance.
The “Korean Zombie” first challenged the UFC featherweight title in 2013. On Saturday, Jung will return with a chance at the belt against champion Alexander Volkanovsky in the UFC 273 main event at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.
ESPN ranked Volkanovsky as the No. 4 pound-for-pound fighter. In featherweight, Volkanovsky took first place and Young was in ninth. Max Holloway, whom Volkanovsky defeated twice in title fights, was the originally scheduled opponent for Volkanovsky before withdrawing due to injury.
Volkanovsky (23-1) won 10 in a row to start his UFC career and 20 in a row overall. The Australian-born fighter defended his title against Brian Ortega by unanimous decision at UFC 266 last September and now has two successful title defenses. Volkanovsky, 33, defeated Holloway to win the belt at UFC 245 in December 2019.
Young (17-6) has won three of his past four matches. The South Korean-born fighter emerges from his unanimous victory over Dan Iiji last June. Jung, 35, will pass Dan Henderson on Saturday as the UFC fighter with the most time between title fights. Aldo defeated Young at UFC 163 on August 3, 2013.
In the co-main event, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will unite the UFC welterweight title. Sterling won the title by disqualification when Jan injured him an illegal knee at UFC 259 in March 2021. Jan is the interim champion, after defeating Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267 last October.
Sterling (20-3), the 32-year-old from New York, has won six straight times. Yan (16-2), a 29-year-old from Russia who trains in Thailand, is ESPN’s No. 6 fighter. In bantam weight, Yan and Sterling are ranked #1 and #2 respectively.
And on the card, too, will meet former title contender Gilbert Burns and prospective undefeated veteran and Khameev Shemayev in what could be a welterweight title elimination player. In addition, Mackenzie Dern will face Tecia Torres in a women’s strawweight competition match, top professional Ian Garry will meet Darian Weeks, and Aspen Ladd and Raquel Pennington will face off in a women’s bantamweight competition match.
Follow along with us as Brett Okamoto, Mark Raimondi and Jeff Waggenheim recap each fight, or watch the fights on ESPN+.
Fighting in Progress: Women’s Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (9-2, 4-2 UFC, +155) vs. Raquel Bennington (13-9, 10-5 UFC, -180)
UFC 273 نتائج Results
Welterweight: Mike Mallott (8-1-1, 1-0 UFC) won. Mickey Gal (7-5, 6-5 UFC) by TKO (Watch on ESPN+)
Mike Mallot wins his UFC debut by knocking out Mickey Gal at UFC 273 prelims.
It was a good night for his debut in the UFC.
Mallot collected Gal with a left hook, resulting in a TKO at 3:41 of the first round. Gal’s face planted on a punch and followed by Mallot. But the referee correctly intervened to save Gal and end the fight.
The fight was beautiful even before the end, as both men were deliberating. Malotte was bleeding from the nose as a result of Gal’s offense.
Mallot, 30, has won four times in a row. The Canadian national, who trains from the Alpha Male team in California, defeated Shimon Smotritsky by sending the first round to make his way to the UFC in the Dana White competition series. Gal, a 30-year-old from New Jersey who trains from Florida, has dropped twice in a row.
Heavyweight: Alexei Oleinik (60-16-1, 9-7 UFC) defeated. Jared Vandera (12-8, 1-4 UFC) via presenting a scarf knot (watch on ESPN+)
Aleksei Oleinik proves that he can still hang out with the best of them at the age of 44 with an impressive presentation of Jared Vanderaa.
Oleinik won the submission. Stop the pistons.
For the 44-year-old gray-bearded Russian, the neck crank he used to get a tap on Vanderaa was his 47th victory in a 60-fight career. The submission came at 3:39 of the opening round, and Oleinik’s sash was second in the octagon and only seventh in UFC history. He has seven requests in the UFC, the second most in heavyweight history after Frank Mir’s eight.
I hope I can fight like Oleinik in a decade, WOW! #UFC273
Henry Cejudo April 9, 2022
The victory, which broke a three-fight slip, makes Oleinik the third oldest fighter to win in the UFC, behind Randy Couture (47) and Dan Henderson (45).
Vanderaa, a 29-year-old from Memet, California, knew Oleinik was planning to take the fight to the plate, and he prevented it from happening early on. Oleinik then took himself to the mat and regained control, threatening to choke naked from behind. But Oleinik used a leg lock to reverse the situation, then pinned it upon completion to hand Vanderaa his third straight loss and fourth in his last five fights.
Hayweight: Beat Pera Rodriguez (8-0, 1-0 UFC). Kay Hansen (7-6, 1-3 UFC) by unanimous decision (watch on ESPN+)
Hansen achieved significant success early on with her wrestling. But Rodriguez used takedowns and grappling to secure the win as the fight continued.
Rodriguez made a unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) to win her first UFC appearance against Hansen. Rodriguez, known as a striker, was training in Los Angeles with famous wrestling coach Kenny Johnson and the results were clear.
Hansen got a takedown in the first round, got some decent ground and pounds and finished the first five minutes of action for an arm triangle choke. Rodriguez received takedowns in the second and third rounds, and Rodriguez regained Hansen’s back in the second and worked for a naked choke in the back.
Rodriguez, 29, is the former LFA strawweight champion. The Venezuelan national made her way to the UFC by winning the Dana White competition series last October. Hansen, 22, of California, has fallen three times in a row after a winning streak.
Hansen missed his weight on Friday, coming in at 118.5 pounds, 2.5 pounds over the women’s straw weight limit.
Should Dillashaw get the winner of Sterling-Yan 2?
TJ Dillashaw is here behind the scenes at #UFC273. He says he plans to fight the winner of Jan vs. Sterling match.
– Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) April 9, 2022
Men’s Bantamweight: Julio Arce (18-5, 5-3 UFC) defeated. Daniel Santos (10-2, 0-1 UFC) by unanimous decision (witness on ESPN+)
Santos got into the cage for his first time in the UFC and didn’t take a step back for three rounds, firing every shot with great force. In the face of this aggression, Arce spent 15 minutes moving left, moving right, sliding backward and moving forward to repeatedly break Santos in a display of his veteran mastery that earned him a nod on all three scorecards (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
Ars, 32, of New York, has won two of his past three games, with the loss coming to rising star Song Yadong. He was patient and evasive, avoiding most of what Santos threw and marking him with a steady stream of right punches, straight left hand punches and high kicks. One downside: Arce missed the bantam weight limit at Friday’s weigh-in, at 136.5 pounds.
Santos, the 27-year-old Brazilian marked the end of a winning streak. He was aggressive but very wild with punches and spinning attacks, only landing 17 of 70 in the first round and losing his power from there.
will come later:
Men’s Featherweight Championship: Aleksandr Volkanovsky (c) (23-1, 10-0, -700) vs. Chan Sung-young (17-6, 7-3 UFC, +500)
Men’s Bantamweight Championship: Aljamin Sterling (c) (20-3, 12-3 UFC, +350) vs. Peter Yan (Eco Center) (16-2, 8-1 UFC, -450)
Welterweight: Gilbert Burns (20-4, 13-4 UFC, +370) vs. Khamea Shemayev (10-0, 4-0 UFC, -490)
Hayweight: Mackenzie Dern (11-2, 6-2 UFC, -115) vs. Tecia Torres (13-5, 9-5 UFC, -105)
Lightweight: Mark O. Madsen (11-0, 3-0 UFC, +105) vs. Vince Bischel (14-2, 7-2 UFC, 1-25)
Welterweight: Ian Garry (8-0, 1-0 UFC, -400) vs Darianne Weeks (5-1, 0-1 UFC, +310)
Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez (8-2, 2-2 UFC, -190) vs. Josh Frimed (9-2, 0-0 UFC, +160)
Heavyweight: Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3, 6-3 UFC, -160) vs. Marcin Tybura (22-7, 9-6 UFC, +135)
(c) = title holder | (c) = temporary champion