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Main Event for UFC 273 between Alexander Volkanovski and The Korean Zombie for the UFC featherweight championship on April 9, 2022
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UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie Results

Live Results, Winner Interviews And More From UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie, Live From A Sold Out VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida

UFC returns to Jacksonville, Fla. with a world championship doubleheader that will see UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defend against No. 4 ranked contender Chan Sung Jung. Also, UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling runs it back with interim titleholder Petr Yan.

UFC 273: VOLKANOVSKI vs THE KOREAN ZOMBIE will take place Saturday, April 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. All bouts will be simulcast on ESPN+ in English and Spanish beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT with the ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass prelims. The prelims will continue exclusively on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, followed by the ESPN+ Pay-Per-View main card that will kick off at 10 pm ET / 7pm PT.

*The two title fights are scheduled for five rounds. The remaining bouts are scheduled for three rounds. | Official Scorecards

UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie Results

UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie Main Card

Main Event: Alexander Volkanovski vs Chan Sung Jung

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski put on a master class in the main event of UFC 273, extending his current winning streak to 21 with a fourth-round stoppage of “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung, that saw him successfully defend his crown for the third time.

In the first five minutes, there was no question that Volkanovski was the best featherweight on the planet, as he scored at will on Jung, bloodying him and putting him in trouble momentarily. Even when Jung tried to get more aggressive in the second stanza, Volkanovski was able to make him pay more often than not. Midway through the round, Jung got drilled with a hard right hand and then got taken down. Jung made it back to his feet, but the champion got in some shots at close range before the two separated. With under a minute left, Volkanovski scored another quick takedown, and once the fighters rose, it was another punishing sequence for Alexander “The Great” until the end of the frame.

Alexander Volkanovski Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Alexander Volkanovski Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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There was more in the same in round three, but in the closing seconds, Volkanovski dropped Jung hard to the mat with a right hand and cut him again with an ensuing barrage of ground strikes that nearly ended the bout before the horn intervened.

The game Jung came out for the fourth round, but after a pair of right hands from Volkanovski, referee Herb Dean stepped in and halted the fight. The official time was :45 of round four.

Volkanovski moves to 24-1 with the win. The No.4-ranked Jung falls to 17-7.

Official Result – Alexander Volkanovski defeats Chan Sung Jung via TKO (strikes) at :45 of the fourth round

Co-Main Event: Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan

Aljamain Sterling didn’t win the UFC bantamweight title he way he wanted to the first time. But in his rematch with Petr Yan, he unified it with no controversy, as he won a close split decision over the interim champion in the UFC 273 co-main event.

Scores were 48-47, 48-47, 47-48 for Sterling, now 21-3. Yan, who lost the belt to Sterling in March of 2021 via disqualification, falls to 16-3.

Yan turned away Sterling’s first takedown attempt, but the New Yorker stayed busy, landing several hard kicks to the body. All the while, Yan kept marching forward, missing wildly at times when he threw, but he did score with a left hand late.

 

Aljamain Sterling Octagon Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Aljamain Sterling Octagon Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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In the second minute of round two, Sterling got the fight to the mat and quickly took Yan’s back. And while he wasn’t able to get the finish, it was a dominant frame for the “Funk Master.”

It was a repeat in round three, as Yan was taken down again in the second minute, with Sterling quickly getting his back and controlling the action as Yan was unable to escape.

Behind on the scorecards, Yan went on the attack to start round four while also defending Sterling’s takedown attempts. Two minutes in, Sterling briefly locked up a triangle choke that Yan easily got out of, ultimately settling into his foe’s guard. Sterling tried to scramble out of trouble, but Yan kept the fight grounded, allowing him to take an important round.

Yan defended Sterling’s takedown attempts with regularity in the first half of the fifth round, and in the second half, the Russian added to his offensive point total and was clearly the fresher fighter as he controlled the action until the horn.

Official Result – Aljamain Sterling (48-47, 48-47) defeats Petr Yan (48-47) via split decision

Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev

If rising welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev wanted a war from Gilbert Burns, he got one, but he left the Octagon with his unbeaten record intact as he won a close, but unanimous decision over the former world title challenger.

Scores were 29-28 across the board for the No.11-ranked Chimaev, now 11-0. The No.2-ranked Burns falls to 20-5.

It took only three strikes for Chimaev to get close for a takedown, and a minute in, he had dragged Burns to the mat. The Brazilian pulled out all the stops to get free and 90 seconds in, he got his wish and the two were standing again. The welterweights traded, Burns getting in some solid shots, and Chimaev responded in kind. With a minute to go, a right hand dropped Burns, and while “Durinho” recovered quickly, it was a big moment for Chimaev.

Khamzat Chimaev Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Khamzat Chimaev Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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The standup exchanges drew roars from the crowd in round two, and rightfully so, as each man tagged the other. Two minutes in, Burns dropped Chimaev briefly and scored with more hard shots, but just as quickly, Chimaev roared back. With less than two minutes left, the fight went to the mat briefly, with Burns using an upkick to get to his feet. As they squared off, a bloodied Burns smiled confidently at the bloodied Chimaev, yet just as “Borz” went on the attack, Burns scored another knockdown just as the round closed.

In the second minute of the third round, a tired Burns was briefly in trouble, but he shook off the incoming fire from Chimaev, who kept the pressure on. Burns wasn’t going anywhere, though, and the two took turns throwing, Burns surging in the final minute to the appreciation of the crowd.

Official Result – Khamzat Chimaev def. Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mackenzie Dern vs Tecia Torres

Mackenzie Dern ( continued to show the evolution of her MMA game as she won a close split decision over fellow strawweight contender Tecia Torres.

Scores were 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 for the No.5-ranked Dern, now 12-2. The No.7-ranked Torres falls to 13-6.

In an interesting first round that remained on the feet, Dern was the busier striker and Torres the more accurate, but it was Dern who landed a hard right hand that moved Torres and was the biggest shot of the frame.

Mackenzie Dern Octagon Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Mackenzie Dern Octagon Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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Dern went after the submission to start the second round, though, and after locking up Torres’ arm, she nearly got it, but the “Tiny Tornado” hung tough and escaped. The pair remained on the mat as Dern kept going for the arm and then tried to lock up Torres’ leg, but the horn intervened, sending the fight to a third round.

Midway through the final frame, Dern got a takedown, but Torres used an upkick to get upright and it was back to the feet, where Torres surged down the stretch.

Official Result – Mackenzie Dern defeats Tecia Torres via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Vinc Pichel vs Mark O. Madsen

In the main card opener, lightweight prospect Mark O. Madsen remained unbeaten, decisioning Vinc Pichel unanimously over three rounds.

Scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Madsen, now 12-0. Pichel falls to 14-3.

Madsen focused on Pichel’s lead leg from the start, and when you add in a takedown and some crisp punches upstairs, it was a clear round for “The Olympian,” even though Pichel did score at times.

Mark O. Madsen Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Mark O. Madsen Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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Pichel got into more of an offensive rhythm in the second, leading to a takedown by Madsen midway through the frame. Pichel fought his way free and back to his feet, and surprisingly put the three-time Olympian on the mat in the closing stages of the frame.

Coming out aggressively for the third, Pichel’s attempt to get the fight back to the mat was unsuccessful, with Madsen instead getting top position on the canvas. And after keeping Pichel grounded for the rest of the round, it was a win for Madsen.

Official Result – Mark O. Madsen defeats Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie Prelims

Ian Garry vs Darian Weeks

Irish welterweight prospect Ian Garry made it 2-0 in the Octagon, as he defeated Darian Weeks via unanimous decision.

Scores were 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 for Dublin’s Garry, now 9-0. Weeks falls to 5-2.

Ian Garry Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Ian Garry Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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After a measured start, Weeks locked up with Garry two minutes in and did solid clinch work for a minute until Garry got loose and separated. And though the Irishman was busy, he wasn’t landing anything of note, making the early clinch by Weeks and a late one as well important in terms of the scorecards.

The war of nerves continued in round two, neither fighter able to pull ahead significantly, even though Weeks did pick up a brief takedown. Garry did pick up the pace in the third, though, landing with a kick to the face that was his best shot of the fight to that point. And in the second minute, another kick, this one to the side of the head, briefly stunned Weeks, and a right hand with two minutes to go resulted in a flash knockdown. The strong finish left a lasting impression and was key in Garry’s victory.

Official Result – Ian Garry defeats Darian Weeks via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Anthony Hernandez vs Josh Fremd

Anthony Hernandez fought at a hellacious pace for three rounds against Octagon debutant Josh Fremd, and that earned him a three-round unanimous decision victory in the middleweight bout.

Scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Hernandez, now 9-2, 1 NC. Fremd falls to 9-3.

Hernandez’ pressure on Fremd was relentless, and while the newcomer weathered the storm early, eventually he was put on the mat twice by the Californian, who went all-in for a submission before Fremd was able to get to his feet with under 90 seconds to go. Against the fence, Hernandez kept the heat on, landing some punches that led to another takedown with less than a minute to go.

Anthony Hernandez Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Anthony Hernandez Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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Maintaining a frantic pace, Hernandez took it to Fremd again to start round two, but Fremd found daylight on the mat and nearly sunk in his own choke before “Fluffy” escaped. When the two rose, Fremd was now the one in control, and he took his foe back to the mat briefly. Back standing, Fremd landed a hard right, but then walked into a tight choke that he was able to get free from, leading to a late takedown.

Hernandez opened the third with a takedown and choke attempt, and though Fremd got loose, Hernandez kept pressuring his foe while looking for a finish. He didn’t get it, but his win on the scorecards was a clear one.

Official Result – Anthony Hernandez defeats Josh Fremd via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Aspen Ladd vs Raquel Pennington

Stepping in on less than two weeks’ notice to replace Irene Aldana, bantamweight contender Raquel Pennington extended her winning streak to four with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Aspen Ladd.

Scores were 29-28 on all three cards for the No.7-ranked Pennington, now 14-9. The No.4-ranked Ladd falls to 9-3.

Raquel Pennington Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Raquel Pennington Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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Looking supremely focused, Pennington’s striking game was on point throughout the first round, and while Ladd surged late and landed some hard kicks throughout, the opening five minutes belonged to “Rocky”.

There was more of the same in the second, with Ladd being aggressive and landing good shots, but whenever she did, Pennington just did more, determined to send a message back to the Californian.

Two minutes into the third round, Ladd changed the real estate of the fight with a slick takedown, but Pennington fought her way upright. Ladd stayed locked on the Coloradan but couldn’t get the finish she needed to take the victory.

Official Result – Raquel Pennington defeats Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Mickey Gall vs Mike Malott 

Canada’s Mike Malott made an immediate impression in his UFC debut by stopping Mickey Gall in the first round of their welterweight bout.

Malott’s striking was sharp from the start as he won exchanges with Gall, but in the second minute, the New Jersey native returned the favor with a solid combination. Malott stung Gall as the back-and-forth action continued until Gall took his foe down with a little over two minutes to go. Malott rose to his feet quickly and now both fighters were bloodied. Moments later, though, a left hand sent Gall to the mat face first, and after a quick follow-up barrage, referee Larry Folsom stepped in and stopped the fight. The official time was 3:41.

Mike Malott Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Mike Malott Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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Malott moves to 8-1-1 with the win. Gall falls to 7-5.

Official Result – Mike Malott defeats Mickey Gall via TKO (strikes) at 3:41 of the first round

UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie Early Prelims

Aleksei Oleinik vs Jared Vanderaa

Heavyweight grappling king Aleksei Oleinik showed that he’s still got it at 44 years old, as he submitted Jared Vanderaa in the first round.

Oleinik did his best to drag Vanderaa to the mat two minutes down in the first round, and while the Californian briefly resisted, he then looked to engage with his foe on the mat. That strategy worked for a spell, but then it was Oleinik taking over and implementing his lethal ground game, with “The Boa Constrictor” locking on the neck crank that forced Vanderaa to tap out at 3:39 of the opening frame.

Aleksei Oleinik Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Aleksei Oleinik Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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Oleinik moves to 60-16-1 with the win. Vanderaa falls to 12-8.

Official Result – Aleksei Oleinik defeats Jared Vanderaa via submission (neck crank) at 3:39 of the first round

Piera Rodriguez vs Kay Hansen

Strawweight action saw unbeaten Octagon newcomer Piera Rodriguez keep that perfect slate with a three-round unanimous decision over Kay Hansen.

Scores were 29-28 across the board for Rodriguez, now 8-0. Hansen, who missed weight for the bout at 118.5 pounds, falls to 7-6.

Piera Rodriguez Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Piera Rodriguez Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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Hansen’s grappling attack kept Rodriguez from implementing her offense in the first round and for most of the second until the Venezuelan turned the tables, putting Hansen on the mat and taking her back with less than two minutes to go. That success ignited Rodriguez, who took Hansen down early in the third and continued to control the clinch exchanges on the feet until a final takedown secured the victory for the Dana White’s Contender Series graduate.

Official Result – Piera Rodriguez defeats Kay Hansen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Julio Arce vs Daniel Santos

In the bantamweight opener, veteran Julio Arce outpointed UFC newcomer Daniel Santos via unanimous decision over three rounds.

Scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for Arce, now 18-5. Santos falls to 10-2.

Julio Arce Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Julio Arce Post-Fight Interview | UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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As advertised, Santos was aggressive with his attack, making an impression even though his accuracy wasn’t what he wanted it to be. But Arce took his time, made his reads and began tagging the Brazilian with more and more hard shots as the round progressed.

Arce widened his lead in the second round, looking sharp and confident as he dodged Santos’ shots and returned fire with ease, and there was more of the same in the third, with Santos game throughout, but just not experienced enough to deal with the New Yorker on this night.

Arce missed weight for the bout at 136.5 pounds.

Official Result – Julio Arce defeats Daniel Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie took place on Saturday, April 9, 2022live from a sold out VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. See the Final ResultsOfficial Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses — and relive the action on UFC Fight Pass!