Volkanovski mauls Korean Zombie to retain belt at UFC 273

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Alexander Volkanovski mauled Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 early Sunday, incomes a technical knockout seconds into the fourth spherical to retain the featherweight belt.

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The 33-year-old Volkanovski (24-1) prolonged his skilled successful streak to 21, together with an 11-0 mark in UFC competitors.

Jung, higher generally known as “the Korean Zombie,” was battered, bloodied and struggling to breathe after the primary three rounds. He insisted he wished to maintain going, however the referee stopped the bout 45 seconds into the fourth of 5 championship rounds.

“Too (expletive) good,” Volkanovski shouted contained in the octagon after his newest victory.

“Alexander the Nice” delivered many of the blows in a combat that seemed prefer it may finish a lot sooner than it really did. Volkanovski’s final 4 fights went the gap. However he was significantly faster than Jung, primarily placing on a clinic in combined martial arts.

“I am on one other stage proper now and I can not be stopped,” Volkanovski stated, including he hoped the ref would halt the combat sooner and that he felt dangerous for Jung within the last minutes.

“It felt like I hit a wall that I couldn’t go over,” stated Jung, who was making his first title bout since 2013. He went 3,171 days between photographs on the featherweight belt.

The 35-year-old Jung dropped to the mat after the combat was referred to as and later indicated by means of an interpreter that he may think about retirement.

The primary occasion was probably the most lopsided on UFC 273’s major card.

Aljamain Sterling grew to become the undisputed bantamweight champion by defending his belt in opposition to Petr Yan. They have been concerned in a controversial disqualification slightly greater than a yr in the past. Yan was DQ’d for an unlawful knee after dominating the combat.

Sterling (21-3) seemed like a unique fighter on this one, controlling Yan on the mat for almost eight minutes within the second and third rounds. Yan (16-3) battled again within the last two rounds, doing sufficient to get a break up resolution.

“I feel I gained this combat and I acquired robbed,” Yan stated. “I desire a rematch.”

Sterling had no plans for a trilogy combat with Yan, as a substitute calling out former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw for his subsequent bout.

UFC’s third journey to Jacksonville in three years drew a packed home that included Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Maxx Crosby, Jaguars minority proprietor Tony Khan and legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross.

They have been handled to an epic occasion.

Not solely did they get two title fights to shut out the night time, however they witnessed arguably the most effective bout of the yr. Sweden’s Khamzat Chimaev took one other step towards combined martial arts stardom with a unanimous resolution in opposition to 35-year-old Brazilian Gilbert Burns within the welterweight division.

Chimaev and Burns went to toe-to-toe for 3 rounds, exchanging punches and elevating their profiles. It was Chimaev’s most spectacular outing thus far and proved he is a possible championship contender.

Chimaev (11-0) remained undefeated and answered any lingering questions on how good he may very well be by taking down the second-ranked Burns (20-5).

“I did not know he was so robust,” Chimaev stated.

Chimaev hadn’t gone to a 3rd spherical in any of his earlier skilled fights. He was gassed and gashed by the ultimate spherical on this one, his first in opposition to a ranked opponent.

“That is what I used to be ready for,” stated Chimaev, a large minimize beneath his left eye. “I am in ache, bloody and drained.”

Different fights on the principle card:

— Mackenzie Dern (12-2) used a break up resolution in opposition to Tecia Torres to win for the fifth time in her final six fights. Together with her husband and younger daughter sitting cage facet, Dern dominated the second spherical because of a wide range of Brazilian jiu-jitsu strikes. However the 32-year-old Torres (13-6) escaped two submission holds and was spectacular over the ultimate 5 minutes to almost upset the fifth-ranked girl within the strawweight division.

— Three-time Olympian Mark Madsen (12-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous resolution over 39-year-old Vinc Pichel (14-3) within the light-weight division. Madsen gained a silver medal for Denmark within the 2016 Olympic Video games in Brazil.

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