UFC 273 results If there was any disappointment in facing a late replacement as an opponent on Saturday, Alexander Volkanovsky never showed it. Instead, the defending featherweight champion used UFC 273 as a canvas to paint the masterpiece of his career.
Volkanowski (24–1) appeared as quick and powerful as ever, taking advantage of his extensive momentum advantage to break Chan Sung Jung (17–7) at will, until referee Herb Dean scored 45 of Round 4. Did not do a stoppage in seconds, till then their title match was not done. Inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, a gracious closer.
UFC 273 results Jung, the beloved South Korean brawler nicknamed “The Korean Zombie”, replaced Max Holloway in January after the former champion pulled out with an injury from his trilogy bout against Volkanowski. Although Jung held the record for the most time elapsed between title fights in 2013 after an unsuccessful attempt to defeat Jose Aldo, he was never in a fight against Volkanovsky.
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In fact, Jung’s face was covered in blood, scratches and bruises along the way.
“I told you all before this fight that I am now on another level and this cannot be stopped,” Volkanowski said. “I showed you all. He actually killed him more than I wanted him to but that’s just a part of the game.
“I just have a drive to be better. Always be better. You can be better everywhere. Keep that drive and motivation and look for ways to improve. Hard work, drive and opportunity put me where I am.” I am and see what I am doing.”
Volkanowski, a 33-year-old native of Australia, made his third defense of the title he won in 2019 against Holloway. He blended beautifully with punching combinations in calf strikes and regularly buzzed or dropped Jung with almost every big power shot.
Jung, 35, questioned after the fight whether he would consider retirement.
“I was the most confident in my entire career,” Jung said. “I wasn’t tired and I was ready to go but it felt like I hit a wall I couldn’t get over.
“After every defeat, I always think about leaving the Octagon and this MMA game but I’ll need more time to think about it and see if I can keep fighting. I’ll have to think about that.”