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UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. Korean Zombie predictions

The UFC is in Jacksonville Saturday as featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defends his crown against crowd favourite Korean Zombie.

Earlier today however, heavyweight Marcin Tybura was forced to pull out of his contest with Jairzinho Rozenstruik because of illness. Also, two fighters, bantamweight Julio Arce and women’s strawweight Kay Hansen missed weight and will be fined 20 per cent by the commission, but their fights will proceed.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 273 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS (6PM ET/3PM PT)

JULIO ARCE (17-5-0) VS. DANIEL SANTOS (8-1-0)

Andrews: Arce is welcoming Santos to the octagon. Advantage: Arce.

Andrews Predictions: Julio Arce via UD

PIERA RODRIGUEZ (7-0-0) VS. KAY HANSEN (7-5-0) 

Andrews: Piera Rodriguez collects another knockout victory.

Andrews Prediction: Piera Rodriguez via TKO

ALEKSEI OLEINIK (59-16-1) VS. JARED VANDERAA (12-7-0)

Andrews: Oleinink has an easier opponent this time, getting the fight to the ground and getting the tap after some anxious moments.

Andrews Prediction: Aleksei Oleinik via submission

UFC 273 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

MICKEY GALL (7-4-0) VS. MIKE MALLOT (7-1-0)

Andrews: Mallot is more versatile than Gall who usually needs to get the fight to the ground. Mallot can match him there and also put him out on his feet.

Andrews Prediction: Mike Mallot via TKO

#4 ASPEN LADD VS. #7 RAQUEL PENNINGTON (13-8-0)

Andrews: Tough bout on paper. Pennington can take things to the ground and get the submission. Ladd has the power to get the TKO but can her grappling control the bout? Going with the grappling of Ladd.

Andrews Prediction: Aspen Ladd via SD

ANTHONY HERNANDEZ (8-2-0) VS. JOSH FREMD (9-2-0) 

Andrews: Hernandez is giving up four inches in height, but I expect him to overcome this and make up for his last fight by welcoming Fremd to the octagon with a TKO win.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Hernandez via TKO

IAN GARRY (8-0-0) VS. DARIAN WEEKS (5-1-0)

Andrews: Both fighters are good finishers, but Garry should pick up the win here.

Andrews Prediction: Ian Garry via TKO

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

MARK O. MADSEN (11-0-0) VS. VINC PICHEL (14-2-0)

Andrews: Pichel has finished anybody in five years. I think Madsen can grind him out with his grappling.

Andrews Prediction: Mark O. Madsen via UD

#5 MACKENZIE DERN (11-2-0) VS. #7 TECIA TORRES (13-5-0)

Andrews: Dern will need to find a way to get the fight to the ground.  I think Tecia can keep the fight standing and get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Tecia Torres via UD

#2 GILBERT BURNS (20-4-0) VS. KHAMZAT CHIMAEV (10-0-0)

Andrews: This should be a tougher fight for Chimaev but he will get the knockout and quickly.

Andrews Prediction: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO

(C) ALJAMAIN STERLING (20-3-0) VS. IC PETR YAN (16-2-0)

Andrews: I expect Petr to go in there and overcome Sterling’s wrestling and get the decision.

Andrews Prediction: Petr Yan via UD

MAIN EVENT

(C) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI (23-1-0) VS. #4 CHAN SUNG JUNG (16-7-0)

Andrews: Korean Zombie is always dangerous, but Volkanovski has too many tools and cardio to put him away in four rounds. Zombie has to hurt Alex early to stand a chance.

Andrews Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski via submission

Enjoy the fights.

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrews
KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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