UFC 273 results, highlights: Alexander Volkanovsky retains featherweight title with TKO of Korean Zombie

If there was any disappointment facing a late substitute as a competitor on Saturday, Alexander Volkanovsky never showed it. Instead, the defending featherweight champion used UFC 273 as a canvas to paint his career masterpiece.

Volkanovsky (24-1) looked sharper and more powerful than ever by using his wide velocity advantage to smash Zhang Sung-jung (17-7) as he pleased until referee Herb Dean stopped at 45 seconds into the fourth round which led to his title win. Inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, nearby.

Young, the beloved South Korean brawler nicknamed “Korean Zombie,” replaced Max Holloway in January after the former champion withdrew from his three-legged match against Volkanovsky due to an injury. Although Jung set a record for most time between title fights after his unsuccessful 2013 attempt to oust Jose Aldo, he simply never participated in the fight against Volkanovsky.

In fact, Young’s face left an ugly mixture of blood, scrapes, and bruises that he sustained along the way.

“I told you all before this fight that I am on another level now and unstoppable,” said Volkanovsky. “I showed you all. He actually took more hits than I wanted, but that’s just part of the game.

“I have a drive to be better. Always be better. You can be better everywhere. Have that drive and motivation and just look for ways to improve. Hard work, drive and opportunity have got me where I am and look at what I do.”

Volkanovsky, a 33-year-old Australian national made his third title defense against Holloway in 2019. He mixed calf strikes beautifully with punch combinations and routinely fired or brought down Jung with nearly every powerful shot.
Jung, 35, wondered after the fight if he would consider retiring.

“I’ve been more confident throughout my whole career,” Young said. “I wasn’t tired and was ready to go but it felt like I hit a wall I couldn’t get past.

“After every loss, I always think about leaving the Octagon and this MMA game, but I’m going to need some more time to think about it and see if I’m going to keep fighting. I should think about that.”

The fight could easily have been stopped after the third round after Jung was brought down late with a cross to the right and nearly succumbed to a strong ground and pound extension from Volkanovsky. Although the cage doctor who checked him before the start of the fourth round allowed Jung to continue the fight, Dean only took a few more sets to jump. Although Volkanovsky then admitted the possibility of a trio against Holloway staying in the cards, he sent a message for the rest of the split.

“Obviously, there was a fight that was supposed to be scheduled for this fight. Let’s see what the UFC has to say,” Volkanovsky said. “But hey, everyone in my division, I’ve been saying this for a while. Get your shit together, get first and you’ll get it. If not, you’ll miss it. Quite simply.”

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UFC 273 Card and Results

  • Alexander Volkanovsky (c) compatriot. Chan Sung-jung via TKO of the fourth round (punches)
  • Allgemeine Sterling (c) defeated. Peter Jan via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)
  • Khamza Shemayev was defeated. Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Tecia Torres via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mark Madsen defeated. Vince Bischel by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Ian Gary Dave. Darian Weeks by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Anthony Hernandez def. Josh Frimed by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Raquel Pennington def. Aspen Ladd by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Mallott def. Mickey Gal via TKO first round (punches)
  • Alexei Oleinik Dev. Jared Vandera via first round submission (neck crank)
  • Beira Rodriguez defeated. Kay Hansen by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julio Arce def. Daniel Santos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)