UFC 273 results highlights: Alexander Volkanovski retains featherweight title with TKO of Korean Zombie

UFC 273 results highlights: Alexander Volkanovski retains featherweight title with TKO of Korean Zombie

If there was any disappointment in having to face a late replacement as an opponent on Saturday, Alexander Volkanovski never showed it. Instead, the defending featherweight champion used UFC 273 as a canvas to paint his career masterpiece.

Volkanovski (24-1) appeared as strong and powerful as ever as he exploited his wide speed advantage to drop Chan Sung Jung (17-7) at will until a stoppage by referee Herb Dean 45 seconds into Round 4 brought his title fight. inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, to a merciful end.

Jung, the beloved South Korean fighter nicknamed “The Korean Zombie,” replaced Max Holloway in January after the former champion pulled out of his trilogy against Volkanovski due to injury. Although Jung set a record for the longest amount of time between title fights after trying unsuccessfully in 2013 to unseat Jose Aldo, he simply was never in the fight against Volkanovski.

In fact, Jung’s face was left with a grotesque mixture of blood, scratches and bruises that he acquired along the way.

“I told everyone before this fight that I’m on another level now and I can’t be stopped,” Volkanovski said. “I showed everyone. In fact, he took more beatings than he wanted to, but that’s just part of the game.”

“I just have a drive to be better. Always be better. You can be better everywhere. Have that drive and motivation and just look for ways to get better. Hard work, drive and opportunity got me to where I am and look what am”. doing.”

Volkanovski, a 33-year-old native of Australia, made the third defense of the title he won against Holloway in 2019. He seamlessly paired calf strikes with punch combinations and routinely buzzed or floored Jung with almost every big power shot.
Jung, 35, questioned after the fight whether he would consider retiring.

“I was more confident in my entire career,” Jung said. “I wasn’t tired and I was ready to go, but I felt like I hit a wall that I couldn’t get through.

“After every loss, I always think about leaving the octagon and this MMA game, but I’ll need more time to think about it and see if I’m still fighting. I’ll have to think about that.”

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The fight could have easily been stopped after the third round after Jung was dropped late with a crossover right hand and nearly succumbed to an aggressive stretch of ground and punches from Volkanovski. Although the cage doctor who examined him before the start of Round 4 allowed Jung to continue fighting, it only took a few more combinations for Dean to intervene. Though Volkanovski acknowledged afterward that a Holloway trilogy might still be in the cards, he sent a message to the rest of the division.

“Obviously, there was a fight that was meant to be scheduled for this one. Let’s see what the UFC says,” Volkanovski said. “But hey, everyone in my division, I’ve been saying this for a while now. Get together, win the No. 1 spot and you’ll get it. If not, you’re going to miss it.” . It’s that easy.”

Elsewhere, Aljamain Sterling silenced his critics with a split decision victory over Petr Yan to unify the bantamweight title. Sterling relied on his strong fighting game to win the early rounds before Yan recovered late.

And Khamzat Chimaev got everything he could from Gilbert Burns in a welterweight contest. The rising star faced adversity for the first time when Burns returned fire in some heavy exchanges. Chimaev still got the nod on all three scorecards.

CBS Sports was with you all the way on Saturday, bringing you all the results and highlights from UFC 273 below.

UFC 273 card and results

  • Alexander Volkanovski (c) right. Chan Sung Jung via 4th round TKO (punches)
  • Aljamain Sterling (c) def. petr yan via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
  • Khamzat Chimaev def. gilbert burns by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Tecia Torres via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mark Madsen def. I come Pichel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Ian Garry def. Darian Weeks by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Anthony Hernandez right. Josh Fremd via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Rachel Pennington right. Aspen Ladd by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Malott right. Mickey Gall by first-round TKO (punches)
  • Aleksei Oleinik def. Jared Vanderaa via first round submission (neck crank)
  • Piera Rodriguez right. Kay Hansen by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julio Arce def. Daniel Santos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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