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UFC 273: Alexander Volkanovski slices up Korean Zombie

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski made a statement Saturday night with a convincing tittle defence against the Korean Zombie (Chan Sung Jung.)

Volkanovski used an assortment of leg kicks and strikes that seemed to baffle Zombie for the majority of the first three rounds. The doctor took a look at Zombie at the end of the third round, but referee Herb Dean stopped the bout 45 seconds into the fourth.

With the win, Volkanovski defended the belt for the third time. He is expected to face former champion Max Holloway, who Zombie was replacing, but president Dana White would commit toto Holloway being next in the post-fight press conference.

Volkanovski and Alexei Oleinik earned performances of the night, while Khamzat Chimaev  ad Gilbert Burns earned Fight of the Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 273 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

JULIO ARCE VS. DANIEL SANTOS 

WINNER: JULIO ARCE VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JULIO ARCE VIA UD

Andrews: Arce used his experience to outwork Santos.

PIERA RODRIGUEZ VS. KAY HANSEN

WINNER: PIERA RODRIGUEZ VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PIERA RODRIGUEZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Piera didn’t get the knockout, but got just about everything else.

Andrews Prediction: Piera Rodriguez via TKO

ALEKSEI OLEINIK VS. JARED VANDERAA

WINNER: ALEKSEI OLEINIK VIA SUBMISSION (SCARF HOLD) R1 3:39

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEKSEI OLEINIK VIA SUBMISSION

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 

MICKEY GALL VS. MIKE MALLOT

WINNER: MIKE MALLOT VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:41

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MIKE MALLOT VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Mallot cashed in his Canadian Tire Money big time.

#4 ASPEN LADD VS. #7 RAQUEL PENNINGTON 

WINNER: RAQUEL PENNINGTON VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ASPEN LADD VIA SD

Andrews: Pennington just outworked Ladd.

ANTHONY HERNANDEZ VS. JOSH FREMD

WINNER: ANTHONY HERNANDEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTHONY HERNANDEZ VIA TKO

Andrews: Good clinical win for Hernandez.

IAN GARRY VS. DARIAN WEEKS 

WINNER: IAN GARRY VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: IAN GARRY VIA TKO

Andrews: Garry continues to impress.

MAIN CARD 

MARK O. MADSEN VS. VINC PICHEL

WINNER: MARK O. MADSEN VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARK O. MADSEN VIA UD 

Andrews: Madsen did it again, another grappling win.

#5 MACKENZIE DERN VS. #7 TECIA TORRES 

WINNER: MACKENZIE DERN VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TECIA TORRES VIA UD 

Andrews: I thought Torres won the fight. Then again, despite not getting the fight to the ground, Dern held her own.

#2 GILBERT BURNS VS. KHAMZAT CHIMAEV 

WINNER: KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Strategy went out the window here with both guys swinging for the knockout. Khamzat is the real deal.

(C) ALJAMAIN STERLING VS. IC PETR YAN 

 

WINNER: ALJAMAIN STERLING VIA SD (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PETR YAN VIA UD 

Andrews: I thought Yan won the fight 3-2.

MAIN EVENT

(C) ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI VS. #4 CHAN SUNG JUNG 

WINNER: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI VIA TKO (STRIKES) R4 0:45

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Volkanovski didn’t even need to take it tot he ground. It was target practice on the feet for most of the fight. Amazing performance by Alex.

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KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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