In this blog, I’ll be writing about UFC 273 which is headlined by Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski and the number 4 ranked FW contender The Korean Zombie(Chan Sung Jung). The co-main is Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling vs Interim Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan. There is also another exciting bout with number 2 ranked Welterweight Gilbert Burns and number 11 ranked welterweight Khamzat Chimaev.
Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev
Gilbert Burns is coming off of a dominant win against Stephen Thompson and Khamzat Chimaev is undefeated with a 10-0 record which is all finishes. Both guys are amazing wrestlers but I’d say Burns is the better striker. I don’t know who will win this fight, Khamzat has been ragdolling people like they took his lunch money and Burns has been up against tough fighters and won most of them with his last loss being against the arguably greatest welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. I expect this fight to remain on the ground and probably be a quick finish from either one of these guys, but I’m not sure if Khamzat will be able to control a good wrestler like Burns. If Khamzat were to win this fight, he could fight the number one contender Colby Covington to earn his shot at the title. If Gilbert Burns wins this fight, he could have another chance at defeating Usman for the title.
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.
Alexander Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
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.