Alex Volkanovski confirmed he’s within the type of his life with a medical efficiency to defend his UFC featherweight title.
Alexander Volkanovski has placed on an absolute clinic to defend his UFC featherweight title for the third time towards Jung Chan-Sung, higher referred to as “The Korean Zombie”, on Sunday.
The Australian got here out swinging and had the higher hand from the get-go as he pummelled Zombie with a barrage of leg kicks and jabs to his opponent’s face and physique.
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Volkanovski seemed extremely sharp and showcased his all-round combating abilities as he took Zombie down late within the third spherical and hammered him with some floor and pound, leaving his face bloodied.
But Zombie didn’t final for much longer and a brutal jab from Volkanovski that had him seeing stars was sufficient for referee Herb Dean to name a cease to the struggle early within the fourth spherical.
Volkanovski received the struggle by way of technical knockout, with all three judges scoring the bout 30-26 in his favour.
It was the simplest title defence of his profession after he beforehand held onto his belt with blockbuster wins over Max Holloway and Brian Ortega.
So dominant was Volkanovski, the UFC later confirmed Korean Zombie had been taken to hospital and wouldn’t be talking to the media.
Volkanovski additionally saved his unbeaten MMA file intact as he notched up the twenty first win of his profession.
The 33-year-old is on the high of his sport and referred to as out the remainder of the featherweight division to problem him.
“I’m on another level now right now,” he stated after the struggle.
“I can’t be stopped and I just showed you.
“Everyone in my division, I’ve been saying it for a while now — get your s*** together, earn that No. 1 spot and you’ll get it. If not, you’re going to f***ing miss out. It’s that simple.”
UFC commentator Joe Rogan was filled with reward for Volkanovski.
“You put on a clinic tonight,” Rogan instructed him.
“It was in my opinion your greatest performance inside the octagon. Your movement, your speed — everything was on another level.”
Round 1: A robust begin by Volkanovski, touchdown some robust leg kicks to the physique of Korean Zombie.
The Aussie seems to be sharp and has come out swinging, connecting with some brutal jabs to the face of his opponent, who already seems to be wobbly.
“Zombie seems a step behind right now,” Joe Rogan stated in commentary.
Round 2: Volkanovski is dominating and took Zombie all the way down to the canvas a number of occasions in that spherical and acquired the higher hand within the wrestle.
He additionally landed some robust jabs and is now looking for the killer blow.
Round 3: Volkanovski is executing a flawless struggle, continuously connecting with heavy blows. He knocked Zombie down and left bloodied his face with some brutal floor and pound.
Round 4: The struggle was stopped by the referee after a Volkanovski jab left Zombie completely dazed.
‘I got robbed’: Wild battle confirms champ
Aljamain Sterling has been topped the UFC bantamweight champion in a brutally tight struggle in a break up 48-47×2 to Sterling and one 48-47 to Yan.
There is completely no love misplaced between Sterling and Petr Yan.
There’s been unhealthy blood all through the lead up however it all stems from the UFC 259 struggle the place Yan, who then held the title, was disqualified after he kneed Sterling within the head after he’d gone down.
Sterling was even left in tears as he threw he belt down in disgust: “Everything I worked for to this point and to have it f***ing go like that.”
It’s been a bitter lead as much as the struggle.
Yan had received the interim championship towards Cory Sandhagen in October final yr however he actually simply wished to win the belt he misplaced 13 months in the past.
As followers in Jacksonville chanted “let’s go Petr”, within the first spherical, Joe Rogan stated that there’s a college of although that you just “can’t win a title because of disqualifcation. Maybe you’re able to lose one but you shouldn’t be able to be champion because of disqualication. It doesn’t seem right.”
But Sterling didn’t get the memo.
After a detailed first spherical, Sterling acquired a takedown within the second and dominated.
There had been requires a 10-8 spherical as Sterling rained down punches and Yan seemed spent.
Approaching the halfway of the third spherical, Sterling landed one other takedown with a physique triangle round Yan’s waist once more as he went for the rear-naked choke.
Somehow Yan made it by means of one other spherical regardless of Sterling controlling from the again for many of the spherical.
And spherical 4 Yan bounced again.
The commentators questioned whether or not it may very well be 2-all heading into the ultimate spherical, which Yan appeared to win.
But the end result shall be hotly debated after as social media believed it might go a mess of the way.
“Oh my god, Jacksonville,” Sterling screamed. “I know I came here very highly doubted after my last performance but I told you guys, that was a hiccup. I had a tough ass opponent in Petr Yan, he’s dangerous, he brings it every time and he brought the best of me. He beat my a** in that fourth and fifth round but this is what the fight game is all about.
“So Vegas, all you motherf**kers who keep writing me off, keep doubting me motherf**er becasue everyone around me will get filthy f**king rich. Motherf**ker.”
He then referred to as out TJ Dillashaw for his subsequent struggle.
But Yan is not going wherever.
Asked although a translator if he thought he received, Yan stated: “I think I won this fight and I got robbed.”
UFC massacre is absolute insanity
Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev was a extremely anticipated conflict between two stars of the welterweight division.
It was properly anticipated to have fireworks as Chimaev has earned 10 straight wins together with 4 within the UFC and is trying to struggle a number of the huge boys within the division.
And he acquired it with the second ranked welterweight Burns as Chimaev seems to be to fly up the rankings.
What the UFC was give was a brutal massacre of a struggle that was full of big haymakers and each males getting knocked down.
After the struggle, Joe Rogan might solely say: “what a fight, what a fight, that was a close one.”
The solely unhealthy factor you could possibly say concerning the struggle is that it ought to have been 5 as a result of it was absolute insanity within the octagon.
The end result was unanimous 29-28 to Chimaev however there isn’t a doubt each males’s inventory will rise on the again of that struggle as followers debated whether or not it ought to have gone the opposite approach.
Content creator Bryan Fonseca tweeted: “I can’t believe Gilbert Burns, not only survived, but nearly won this fight multiple times in round 2. He pushed Chimaev and Chimaev answered. $50 G’s”.
Novelist Gordon Gross stated: “Put it in the Hall of Fame. Unbelievable.”
Singer/songwriter Robbie Glover wrote: “Gilbert Burns deserves all the respect in the world!! That was incredible!!” He then wrote: “Wow, that was one of the most insane fights, FOTY potential no doubt!! Total on the edge of your seat viewing, incredible!!”
UFC anchor Karyn Bryant added: “Incredible fight from @GilbertDurinho and @KChimaev! The @ufc WW division is so blessed my word…”
Jackass’ Steve-O tweeted: “If that wasn’t the fight of the night, then this promises to be the greatest PPV in @ufc history!”
‘Disgusting’: Monster KO leaves UFC reeling
The UFC 273 card has acquired off to simply the beginning fights followers prefer to see as UFC debutant Mike Malott KOed Mickey Gall in a superb first spherical end.
With blood pouring out of his nostril, Malott landed a proper behind Gall’s ear earlier than a stunning left that noticed his opponent faceplant arduous on the canvas.
It was a surprising finish and an sensible assertion on debut.
As the commentators erupted, Joe Rogan may very well be heard saying “oh my goodness” within the background.
“Wow, wow, what a left hook,” Rogan stated.
Paul Felder added: “Not too shabby at all. That was a left hook right, right on the button and folded Mickey. Woo.”
But Malott wasn’t achieved, directing followers to his Instagram after the struggle, donating his present cash of $10,000 to a buddy who’s 15-year-old daughter was identified with stage three lymphoma.
He completed he would donate it to: “Help this beautiful family through this time and kick cancer’s a**. F**k cancer.”
Social media misplaced it for the second.
UFC middleweight Julian Marquez tweeted: “That Malott hook is absolutely disgusting! Oof!”
MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck added: “Wow! That was nasty from Mike Malott.”
ESPN’s Marc Raimondi wrote: “My goodness, that left hook. Mike Malott!”
Security separate Sterling, Yan forward of grudge match
The blood was clearly unhealthy on the weigh in for UFC 273 and no surprises after Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan needed to be separated by safety backstage following the weigh-ins yesterday.
Sterling posted a video of him and teammate Merab Dvalishvili calling out Yan after tense scenes on stage within the face-off.
Dana White stood between the pair however it seemed the entire time prefer it was about to erupt.
The pair traded trash speak and tried to get to one another as safety held them at a distance.
“Hey, tomorrow. My friend, tomorrow,” Sterling shouts at Yan as he’s led away.
It has been an unpleasant few days for the pair as they struggle for the bantamweight crown.
Yan beforehand held the title however misplaced it when he hit Sterling with an unlawful knee of their final struggle, incomes a disqualification.
Sterling confirmed up on the press convention with a Jacksonville Jaguars helmet and an MMA rule ebook for dummies.
“I’ll kill him on Saturday,” Yan stated.
“I finally get to shut this motherf—er up,” Sterling responded, calling Yan “dirty”.
Full UFC 273 card
Alexander Volkanovski defeated Jung Chan-Sung ‘The Korean Zombie’ by way of TKO (30-26 x 3)
Aljamain Sterling (C) defeated Petr Yan (IC) by way of unanimous determination (48-47×2 47-48)
Khamzat Chimaev defeated Gilbert Burns by way of unanimous determination (29-28×3)
Mackenzie Dern defeated Tecia Torres by way of break up determination (29-28×2, 28-29)
Mark Madsen defeated Vinc Pichel by way of unanimous determination (30-27×2, 29-28)
Ian Garry defeated Darian Weeks by way of unanimous determination (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Anthony Hernandez defeated Josh Fremd by way of unanimous determination (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Raquel Pennington defeated Aspen Ladd by way of unanimous determination (29-28 x3)
Mike Malott defeated Mickey Gall by way of TKO – spherical 1, 3.41
Aleksei Oleinik defeated Jared Vanderaa by way of submission (scarf maintain) – spherical 1, 3.39
Piera Rodriguez defeated Kay Hansen by way of unanimous determination (29-28×3)
Julio Arce defeated Daniel Santos by way of unanimous determination (30-27×2, 29-28)