UFC 272 is headlined by Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. UFC 273 will now be headlined by Alexander Volkanovski vs Chan Sung Jung(The Korean Zombie) and co-headlined by Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling vs #1 BW Petr Yan. The fight that was supposed to happen was the trilogy between Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski vs #1 FW Max Holloway, but unfortunately, Max Holloway had an aggravating injury from his incredible fight with Yair Rodriguez. So The Korean Zombie will be a replacement for Max Holloway
Bantamweight Championship Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan
These 2 faced off previously at UFC 259 where it ended in a disqualification via grounded knee by Petr Yan. It was controversial because it seemed as Sterling faked it to make it seem much more devastating, but I think any knee from Petr Yan would put a regular person out. Before all of that happened, Petr Yan was dominating, having one knockdown, denying 16 takedowns, and going 7/7 on his own takedowns. They tried to get their rematch on UFC 267 but Aljamain was not cleared to fight due to his neck surgery. These fighters will make adjustments to their fight against each other, especially Sterling. Sterling needs to slow it down, be patient, and get into smart engagements. The adjustment for Yan is to not throw illegal knees.
Featherweight Championship Volkanovski vs Chan Sung Jung
The Featherweight Champion has an amazing resume, he’s won against Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo, Max Holloway twice, and Brian Ortega. TKZ has also faced great fighters like Aldo, Poirier, Yair Rodriguez, Frankie Edgar, and Brian Ortega, but he only won against Poirier and Edgar. This is most likely TKZ’s last shot at a title and he earned it off of Dan Ige who was ranked 8th at the time. Volkanovski is a skilled wrestler and a skilled striker. TKZ is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a skilled kickboxer. I don’t see a high chance of TKZ winning, I don’t know how he can win against Volkanovski. Volkanovski is on a different level above all of the featherweight division, I think he’ll easily get the Unanimous Decision win or a finish.
UFC 272 Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal
Both of these fighters are coming off of losses against the Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. These two both have 2 losses against Usman. Colby Covington is a great wrestler with decent striking, and Jorge Masvidal is a boxer with an incredible chin. For Colby Covington to win this fight, he will have to drown Masvidal with his wrestling volume and grapple the entire fight, it wouldn’t be smart of him to get into any striking engagements on the feet. For Jorge Masvidal to win this fight, he has to keep his distance, don’t throw that many leg kicks because Colby will catch those and turn them into takedowns, deny any takedowns, and don’t back up against the cage. I don’t know who will win this fight, it can go either way. Who do you have winning?