JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski mauled Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 early Sunday, incomes a technical knockout seconds into the fourth spherical to retain the featherweight belt.
The 33-year-old Volkanovski (24-1) prolonged his skilled successful streak to 21, together with an 11-0 mark in UFC competitors.
Jung, higher referred to as “the Korean Zombie,” was battered, bloodied and struggling to breathe after the primary three rounds. He insisted he wished to maintain going, however the referee stopped the bout 45 seconds into the fourth of 5 championship rounds.
“Too (expletive) good,” Volkanovski shouted contained in the octagon after his newest victory.
“Alexander the Great” delivered a lot of the blows in a battle that seemed prefer it would possibly finish a lot sooner than it truly did. Volkanovski’s final 4 fights went the gap. But he was significantly faster than Jung, basically placing on a clinic in combined martial arts.
“I’m on another level right now and I can’t be stopped,” Volkanovski stated, including he hoped the ref would halt the battle sooner and that he felt dangerous for Jung within the last minutes.
“It felt like I hit a wall that I could not go over,” stated Jung, who was making his first title bout since 2013. He went 3,171 days between pictures on the featherweight belt.
The 35-year-old Jung dropped to the mat after the battle was referred to as and later indicated by means of an interpreter that he would possibly think about retirement.
The essential occasion was essentially the most lopsided on UFC 273’s essential card.
Aljamain Sterling turned the undisputed bantamweight champion by defending his belt towards Petr Yan. They had been concerned in a controversial disqualification a bit of greater than a 12 months in the past. Yan was DQ’d for an unlawful knee after dominating the battle.
Sterling (21-3) seemed like a special fighter on this one, controlling Yan on the mat for practically eight minutes within the second and third rounds. Yan (16-3) battled again within the last two rounds, doing sufficient to get a cut up resolution.
“I think I won this fight and I got robbed,” Yan stated. “I want a rematch.”
Sterling had no plans for a trilogy battle with Yan, as an alternative calling out former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw for his subsequent bout.
UFC’s third journey to Jacksonville in three years drew a packed home that included Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, Las Vegas Raiders defensive finish Maxx Crosby, Jaguars minority proprietor Tony Khan and legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross.
They had been handled to an epic occasion.
Not solely did they get two title fights to shut out the evening, however they witnessed arguably the most effective bout of the 12 months. Sweden’s Khamzat Chimaev took one other step towards combined martial arts stardom with a unanimous resolution towards 35-year-old Brazilian Gilbert Burns within the welterweight division.
Chimaev and Burns went to toe-to-toe for 3 rounds, exchanging punches and elevating their profiles. It was Chimaev’s most spectacular outing thus far and proved he’s a possible championship contender.
Chimaev (11-0) remained undefeated and answered any lingering questions on how good he might be by taking down the second-ranked Burns (20-5).
“I didn’t know he was so tough,” Chimaev stated.
Chimaev hadn’t gone to a 3rd spherical in any of his earlier skilled fights. He was gassed and gashed by the ultimate spherical on this one, his first towards a ranked opponent.
“This is what I was waiting for,” stated Chimaev, a large reduce below his left eye. “I’m in pain, bloody and tired.”
Other fights on the primary card:
— Mackenzie Dern (12-2) used a cut up resolution towards Tecia Torres to win for the fifth time in her final six fights. With her husband and younger daughter sitting cage facet, Dern dominated the second spherical due to quite a lot of Brazilian jiu-jitsu strikes. But the 32-year-old Torres (13-6) escaped two submission holds and was spectacular over the ultimate 5 minutes to almost upset the fifth-ranked girl within the strawweight division.
— Three-time Olympian Mark Madsen (12-0) remained undefeated with a unanimous resolution over 39-year-old Vinc Pichel (14-3) within the light-weight division. Madsen received a silver medal for Denmark within the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
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