UFC 273 is stacked with a pair of title fights and one of MMA’s most intriguing contenders.
During Saturday’s UFC 272 broadcast, the UFC 273 pay-per-view main card was announced, featuring Alexander Volkanovski defending the featherweight title against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, and a bantamweight title unification bout between undisputed champion Aljamain Sterling and interim champion Petr Yan.
A rumored bout between welterweight contenders Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev has also been made official, along with a strawweight bout between Mackenzie Dern and Tecia Torres and a middleweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Nassourdine Imavov.
Volkanovski and Jung were set to face off after a trilogy bout between Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway fell through due to an injury to Holloway. This will be Volkanovski’s second title defense and Jung’s second attempt at becoming a UFC champion.
Sterling defeated Yan via disqualification at UFC 259 last March after Yan connected with an illegal knee to Sterling, who was pinned to the ground. The foul cost Yan the UFC bantamweight title, the first time a championship has changed hands via disqualification in the promotion’s history. A neck injury forced Sterling to pull out of a rematch at UFC 267 last October. Yan instead beat substitute Cory Sandhagen to claim an interim title.
Burns appears to become the first fighter to defeat Chimaev. ‘Durinho’ scored a dominant decision victory over Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson to rebound from a loss to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, while Chimaev went through his first four UFC opponents, finishing all four by knockout or submission .
UFC 273 takes place on April 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
See the main card below (the number in parentheses indicates the MMA Fighting world ranking):
Alexander Volkanovski (1) vs. Chan Sung Jung (7)
Petr Yan (1) vs. Aljamain Sterling (2)
Gilbert Burns (4) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (10)
Mackenzie Dern (5) vs. Tecia Torres (7)
Kelvin Gastelum (14) against Nassourdine Imavov