Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie: Everything to know ahead of UFC 273

Alexander Volkanovski puts his featherweight belt on the line against The Korean Zombie this weekend, while Khamzat Chimaev faces his toughest test to date in Gilbert Burns: Everything to know ahead of UFC 273

  • Alexander Volkanovski puts his featherweight title on the line at UFC 273
  • The Australian dynamo (23-1) takes on Chan Sung Jung in the main event
  • Jung – or ‘The Korean Zombie’ – fights for a title for the first time since 2013
  • Also on the card is Khamzat Chimaev in the toughest test of his career to date

Alexander Volkanovski returns to the octagon as he defends his UFC featherweight title against Chan Sung Jung – better known as ‘The Korean Zombie’ – this weekend. 

The Australian dynamo (23-1) retained his belt with a unanimous decision victory over Brian Ortega last time out in September last year after 25 minutes of pulsating back and forth action. 

Volkanovski, 33, takes on the 35-year-old Korean Zombie, whose last title fight ended in defeat to Jose Aldo – who was near untouchable at the time – all the way back in 2013.  

With two defeats from his last five, most recently against Ortega in 2020, Korean Zombie is the overwhelming underdog ahead of the bout, having replaced an injured Max Holloway for a shot at the title. 

However, in what could be a potential banana skin bout for ‘The Great’, the Australian can’t afford to look his battle-hardened opponent. 

Also squaring off this weekend are Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, who go head-to-head for the bantamweight title, while Khamzat Chimaev faces his most stern test to date in Gilbert Burns. 

With the intriguing spectacle swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.    

Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski fights Chan Sung Jung at  UFC 273 

‘The Korean Zombie’ defeated Dan Ige (left) last time out, earning him a shot at the title

The clash between Volkanovski and Korean Zombie is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 9 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.  

The action will get underway late on Saturday night for those in the UK, with the early prelims scheduled to start at 11.15pm.   

The preliminary card will then start at 1am on Sunday morning, with the main card kicking off at 3am. 

The pair are expected to touch gloves at around 6am, though that will of course depend on the results beforehand. 

As stated, there is also plenty of action on the undercard, with the likes of Sterling and Chimaev taking centre stage.    

How to watch the fight 

UFC 271 will be available to watch on BT Sport, with their coverage starting at 1am. 

Those not subscribed to BT Sport can sign up for a contract-free monthly pass for a price of £25. Viewers can then also stream the fight using their app or web player.  

Alternatively, there are a number of BT Sport packages you can sign up for HERE. 

Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us. 

Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie: The keys stats 

Alexander Volkanovski 

Age: 33

Height: 5ft 6in

Reach: 71″

Stance: Orthodox

Fight style: Striker 

Record: 23W, 1L, 0D

The Korean Zombie 

Age: 35

Height: 5ft 9in

Reach: 72″

Stance: Orthodox

 Fight style: Striker 

Record: 17W, 6L, 0D

Volkanovski survived this submission attempt to defend his belt against Brian Ortega

The Australian took the unanimous decision after five brutal rounds of back and forth action

Meanwhile, Korean Zombie has built himself back up after losing to Jose Aldo (left) in 2013

Fight card in full

Main card

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  • Alexander Volkanovski vs Chan Sun Jung ‘The Korean Zombie’ – UFC featherweight championship
  • Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan – UFC bantamweight championship
  • Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev – welterweight
  • Mackenzie Dern vs Tecia Torres – women’s strawweight
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs Nassourdine Imavov – middleweight

Preliminary card

  • Irine Aldana vs Aspen Ladd – women’s bantamweight
  • Ian Garry vs Darian Weeks – welterweight
  • Dricus du Plessis vs Anthony Hernandez – middleweight
  • Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Marcin Tybura – heavyweight

Early preliminary card

  • Mickey Gall vs Mike Malott – welterweight
  • Julio Arce vs Daniel Santos – bantamweight
  • Mark Madsen vs Vinc Pichel – lightweight
  • Piera Rodriguez vs Kay Hansen – women’s strawweight

What’s been said?

Volkanovski insists Saturday night’s main event is personal, with Jung previously branding the Australian’s title reign as ‘shameful’, following his UFC 251 win over Holloway.  

‘Of course. It is [personal],’ Volkanovski said. ‘There was a time where he, I guess, decided to play the heel or his manager, or someone did anyway. And he was there calling us out and saying some things. 

‘So yeah, there is a bit of history there. You’ve got to remember, that was before—that’s why he was fighting for that No. 1 contender when Brian [Ortega] and him fought, so it shows you that he was close to that title shot, but it didn’t go his way, so that’s why I fought Brian.

‘Now, he went back and did what he had to do. And he’s lucky—obviously, if Max didn’t pull out, none of these guys would be getting the opportunity maybe. We don’t know, but that’s what happened.

‘So I want to fight, and the UFC wanted us to still fight, so we all agreed that Zombie was the guy to do it with. Again, there is a bit of history. He’s an OG of the division. So let’s make that happen.’

Volkanovski insists the bout is ‘personal’ following The Korean Zombie’s prior remarks

Jung’s head coach Eddie Cha, meanwhile, recently insisted the title shot is a dream come true for his fighter.       

‘He said nine years ago, nobody could beat Jose Aldo. Nobody even thought about beating him, nobody entertained that [idea],’ Cha told the MMA Hour.

‘And he’s so happy he was fortunate enough to fight him, because he has the experience now to actually step up and win a title shot.

‘He’s always believed that someday he’d get another title shot. It’s always been his dream to get another title shot and become a champion. And so he just stayed persistent.’

Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie: The odds 

With Volkanovski unbeaten in the octagon since 2013, it comes as no surprise that the Aussie is the overwhelming favourite to claim another win on Saturday night.  

Volkanovski is the 1/7 favourite to prevail, 12/5 by KO, TKO or DQ, 4/6 via a decision and 10/1 by submission. 

Korean Zombie, on the other hand, is down at 9/2 to get the win, 9/1 by KO, TKO or DQ, 10/1 via a decision and also 10/1 by submission. An unlikely draw is at 50/1.

*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication. 




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