UFC is returning to action this Sunday as the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) defends his title against former title contender Chan Sung Jung aka “The Korean Zombie” (17-6) in the main event of a heavily stacked fight card at UFC 273 set to be held at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Following his back to back victories against former Featherweight champion Max Holloway, Alexander Volkanovski’s second title defense dates back to UFC 266 in September last year when he defeated Brian Ortega via unanimous decision, which remains his last Octagon appearance. The Aussie will be defending his title for the third time at UFC 273.
Chan Sung Jung, meanwhile, is coming off of a unanimous decision victory in his last UFC fight as well, having defeated Dan Ige in the main event of UFC Vegas 29 in June last year. This will be the Korean’s second Featherweight title fight since facing Jose Aldo all the way back in 2013 at UFC 163.
Aside from the main event, UFC 273 will see another title fight between the reigning Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, taking on former champion and current interim champion Petr Yan. The fight is a rematch of their first encounter which took place at UFC 259 in March last year, in which Yan lost his Bantamweight title to Sterling via disqualification in the fourth round due to an illegal knee.
Heading into the fight, Alexander Volkanovski (1.12) is the heavy favorite to win the match and mark his third straight successful title defense, while The Korean Zombie (6.00) serves as the underdog.
Let’s compare the fight metrics:
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 6.42
Significant Striking Accuracy: 56%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 3.34
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 60%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 1.77
Takedown Accuracy: 34%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 70%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.3
The Korean Zombie:
Significant Strikes Landed per Minute: 4.07
Significant Striking Accuracy: 43%
Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute: 3.87
Significant Strike Defence (the % of opponents strikes that did not land): 55%
Average Takedowns Landed per 15 minutes: 0.82
Takedown Accuracy: 47%
Takedown Defense (the % of opponents TD attempts that did not land): 77%
Average Submissions Attempted per 15 minutes: 0.7
UFC 273 Odds For The Main Card:
Featherweight title: Alexander Volkanovski (1.12) vs Korean Zombie (6.00)
Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski wins
Bantamweight title: Aljamain Sterling (4.33) vs Petr Yan (1.22)
Prediction: Petr Yan wins
Welterweight: Gilbert Burns (4.75) vs Khamzat Chimaev (1.20)
Prediction: Khamzat Chimaev wins @1.20 or The fight doesn’t go the distance @1.40 or Khamzat Chimaev wins via KO/TKO or Submission @1.50
Luck based bet: The fight to end in 60 seconds @9.00 (Not suggested)
Women’s Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern (1.83) vs Tecia Torres (1.95)
Prediction: Mackenzie Dern wins
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel (1.83) vs Mark Madsen (2.00)
Prediction: The fight goes over 2.5 rounds @1.53
Watch UFC 273 – Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie LIVE on SONY TEN 2 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) & SONY TEN 4 (Tamil & Telugu) channels on 10th April 2022 from 7:30 AM IST.