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UFC 273 Results: Volkanovski and Sterling retain, Khamzat remains unbeaten

UFC 273 aired live from the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on April 10 with a massive card that delivered fireworks and two incredible championship bouts.

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defended his title against former title challenger Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, and left no doubt that he couldn't be knocked off his throne. Volkanovski out-punched, out-countered, out-kicked, and out-grappled Jung, and the damage his punches took caused the referee to stop the fight at the beginning of the third round. After the standing TKO victory, Volkanovski said,

"Man, it's just drive - the drive to be better. Always look to be better in every area. Have that motivation, that's it. I'm not the most athletically gifted guy. Hard work, drive got me to where I am. Move me up a ruby (on the belt) and let's keep it rolling."

UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and interim champion Petr Yan rematched to unify the title and a very different version than their first encounter played out. Sterling came out strong and imposed his ground control through much of three rounds, with Yan edging back into form in the final two. When the results were read, Sterling walked away with the split decision and the right to claim undisputed champion. Sterling said,

"I know I came in here very highly doubted, people wrote me off after my last performance, but I told you guys that was a big hiccup. I had a tough opponent in Petr Yan. He's dangerous, he brings it every single time. And today he brought out the best in me. He beat me in the fourth and fifth rounds, but this is what the fight game is all about."

The People's Main Event: Welterweight #2 contender Gilbert Burns took on rising welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev and the result was a 3-round highlight -maker,3 definitely in the running for Fight of the Year. After back and forth heavy hits and ferocious grappling, Chimaev left the Octagon with his unbeaten record intact as he won a close, but unanimous decision over Burns, the former world title challenger.

Below are the results from the event.

UFC 273 OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fight of the Night: Gilbert Burns vs Khamzat Chimaev
  • Performance of the Night: Alexander Volkanovski
  • Performance of the Night: Aleksei Oleinik

MAIN EVENT

  • Alexander Volkanovski defeats Chan Sung Jung via TKO (strikes) at :45 of the fourth round

CO-MAIN EVENT

  • Aljamain Sterling defeats Petr Yan via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48)

MAIN CARD

  • Khamzat Chimaev def. Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mackenzie Dern defeats Tecia Torres via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Mark O. Madsen defeats Vinc Pichel via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

PRELIMS

  • Ian Garry defeats Darian Weeks via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Anthony Hernandez defeats Josh Fremd via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Raquel Pennington defeats Aspen Ladd via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Malott defeats Mickey Gall via TKO (strikes) at 3:41 of the first round
  • Aleksei Oleinik defeats Jared Vanderaa via submission (neck crank) at 3:39 of the first round
  • Piera Rodriguez defeats Kay Hansen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julio Arce defeats Daniel Santos via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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