The Octagon returns to Jacksonville for tonight’s UFC 273 event, a twelve-bout fight card headlined by Alex Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie.
Volkanovski (23-1 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since defeating Brian Ortega at September’s UFC 266 event. ‘The Great’ is currently sporting a twenty-fight winning streak, which includes two consecutive defenses of his featherweight title.
Meanwhile, The Korean Zombie (17-6 MMA) last competed back in June of 2021, where he defeated Dan Ige by unanimous decision. That victory was preceded by a loss to Brian Ortega in 2020.
UFC 273 is co-headlined by a bantamweight title fight rematch featuring Aljamain Sterling taking on Petr Yan.
Sterling (20-3 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since capturing the bantamweight title at UFC 259. ‘Funkmaster’ was awarded the championship after ‘No Mercy’ was disqualified for throwing an illegal knee.
Meanwhile, Petr Yan (16-2 MMA) was last seen in action at UFC 267 where he captured the promotions interim bantamweight title by defeating Cory Sandhagen. ‘No Mercy’ has gone 8-1 since joining the UFC ranks in June of 2018.
If that wasn’t enough to get you interested, UFC 273 also features the return of rising star Khamzat Chimaev. ‘The Wolf’ is set to take on Gilbert Burns in a welterweight contest.
Chimaev (10-0 MMA) has gone 4-0 inside of the Octagon since bursting on to the scene at Fight Island. ‘Borz’ is coming off a dominant first round submission victory over Li Jingliang in his most recent effort at UFC 267 (see that here).
Meanwhile, Gilbert Burns (20-4 MMA) returned to the win column his last time out, scoring a unanimous decision victory over fellow former welterweight title challenger Stephen Thompson. That win was of course preceded by a TKO loss to reigning 170lbs kingpin Kamaru Usman.
Get all of tonight’s live results and highlights below (refresh for updates):
UFC 273 Main Card (10pm EST on PPV)
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung – Volkanovski def. Korean Zombie via TKO at 0:45 of Round 4
Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan – Sterling def. Yan by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev – Chimaev def. Burns by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres – Dern def. Torres by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Vinc Pichel vs. Mark Madsen – Madsen def. Pichel by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
UFC 273 Preliminary Card (8pm EST on ESPN+)
Ian Garry vs. Darian Weeks – Garry def. Weeks by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Anthony Hernandez vs. Josh Fremd – Hernandez def. Fremd by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Aspen Ladd vs. Raquel Pennington – Pennington def. Ladd by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott – Malott def. Gall via TKO at 3:41 of Round 1
Hell yeah! Mike Malott 🔥 pic.twitter.com/CJ1Gs1tFnj
— MS (@UFC_Obsessed) April 10, 2022
UFC 273 Early Prelims (6:30 pm EST on ESPN+)
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Jared Vanderaa – Olenik def. Vanderaa via submission at 3:39 of Round 1
Oleinik wins by submission for the 47th time in 60 career wins 🤯
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— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) April 9, 2022
Piera Rodriguez vs. Kay Hansen – Rodriguez def. Hansen by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Julio Arce – vs. Daniel Santos – Arce def. Santos by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Who are you picking to win tonight’s UFC 273 fights?