UFC 273. Volkanovski kills Korean zombies to keep belt in

Jacksonville, Fla. (AP) — Alexander Volkanowski defeated Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 early Sunday, earning a technical knockout second in the fourth round to retain the featherweight belt.

The 33-year-old Volkanowski (24-1) extended his professional winning streak to 21, including an 11-0 scoreline in UFC competition.

Jung, known as the “Korean Zombie”, was battered, bloodied and struggling to breathe after the first three rounds. He insisted he wanted to keep going, but the referee stopped the bout by 45 seconds in the fourth round of five championship rounds.

Volkanowski shouted inside the octagon after his latest win, “Very (outrageously) good.”

“Alexander the Great” delivered most of the blows in a fight that looked like it might have ended much earlier than it actually was. Volkanowski’s last four encounters covered the distance. But he was much quicker than Jung, essentially working in a clinic in mixed martial arts.

“I’m on level two now and I can’t be stopped,” said Volkanowski, hoping the referee would stop the fight soon and felt bad for Jung in the final minutes.

“It felt like I’ve hit a wall that I can’t get over,” said Jung, who won his first title match since 2013. He spent 3,171 days between shots in the featherweight belt.

Jung, 35, fell to the mat after a fight was called and later indicated via an interpreter that he might be considering retirement.

The main event was the most one-sided on the main card of UFC 273.

Aljamain Sterling became the undisputed Bantamweight Champion by defending his belt against Petr Yan. They were involved in a controversial disqualification a year earlier. After dominating the fight, Yan was DQ’d for an illegal knee.

Sterling (21-3) looked like a different fighter in this one, controlling Yan on the mat for about eight minutes in the second and third rounds. Yan (16-3) made a comeback in the final two rounds, making enough effort to make a split decision.

“I think I won this fight and I was robbed,” Yan said. “I want a rematch.”

Sterling had no plans for a trilogy fight with Yan, instead calling on former bantamweight champion TJ Dilshaw for his next bout.

The UFC’s third visit to Jacksonville in three years featured a packed house that included Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlowski, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Max Crosby, Jaguars minority owner Tony Khan and wrestling legend Jim Ross. were involved.

He was treated to an epic incident.

Not only did they get two title matches to end the night, but they also saw arguably the best bout of the year. Sweden’s Khamzat Chimaev took another step toward mixed martial arts stardom with a unanimous decision against 35-year-old Brazilian Gilbert Burns in the welterweight division.

Chimaev and Burns clashed with each other for three rounds, exchanging punches and raising their profiles. It was Chimaev’s most impressive outing to date and proved he was a potential championship contender.

Chimaev (11-0) remained undefeated and answered any question about how good he could be to beat second-ranked Burns (20-5).

“I didn’t know he was so strict,” said Chimaev.

Chimayev had not made it to the third round in any of his previous professional matches. He was gasped and shattered in the final round in this one, his first against a ranked opponent.

“That’s what I’ve been waiting for,” said Chimaev, making a big cut under his left eye. “I’m in pain, bloody and exhausted.”

Other fights on the main card:

– Mackenzie Dern (12-2) used a split decision against Takeia Torres to win his last six appearances for the fifth time. With her husband and younger daughter sitting by the side of the cage, Dern dominated the second round thanks to a variety of Brazilian jiu-jitsu moves. But the 32-year-old Torres (13-6) survived two submission holds and was impressive in the final five minutes to nearly upset the fifth-ranked woman in the strawweight division.

– Three-time Olympian Mark Madsen (12-0) was undefeated in the lightweight division by a unanimous decision over 39-year-old Winch Pichel (14-3). Madsen won the silver medal for Denmark at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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