UFC 273: Where to watch, fight card & betting odds
On April 9, the MMA world leader returns to pay-per-view with UFC 273. An event featuring a pair of championship matchups in two of the most talent-rich divisions in the promotion.
In the night’s co-main event, a bitter rivalry will finally get the rematch fans have been wanting to see for the last year. When UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling defends his title for the first time against former champ and current interim titlist Petr Yan. The bout is a runback of their UFC 259 bout that ended by disqualification from an illegal knee by Yan. The fourth-round fight-ending foul cost the Russian his title in a fight he was clearly winning.
In the card’s headliner, featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski defends his belt for the third time in a matchup with fan-favorite scrapper Chan Sung Jung. The “Korean Zombie” is replacing former champion, Max Holloway after the Hawaiian was forced out of the booking when he aggravated a pre-existing injury.
How to watch UFC 273 on April 9
- UFC 273 takes place on April 9 and is expected to eminate from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
- The prelims kick off at 6 pm ET on ESPN and ESPN+, and is then followed by the $74.99 main card PPV at 10 pm ET
- You can purchase tickets to the event when they become available at the Barclays box office HERE
UFC 273 Fight card
UFC 273 Appointment television fights
Alexander Volkanovksi (23-1) vs Chan Sung Jung (17-6)
Jung will surely be an underdog heading into this championship bout, but he’s always a dangerous adversary for any fighter in the division. He is as durable a fighter as the UFC has ever seen, has knockout power, and a slick ground game that is often overlooked. If the Aussie is sloppy in this fight and not the technical superstar he usually is, he could find himself beltless at the end of the night. Otherwise, it is Volkanovski’s fight to lose.
Prediction: Volkanovski by unanimous decision
Aljamain Sterling (20-3) vs Petr Yan (16-2)
Sterling has a lot to prove in this fight. Before the illegal knee that made him a champion, he was reeling in the fourth round and seemed on his way out. And the patented wrestling that got him to a title fight was rendered useless by Yan for much of the fight. If he doesn’t come up with better entries to his takedowns or evolve in a major way in his striking, this rematch won’t get to the fourth round.
Prediction: Yan by TKO, round 4Join the discussion on this topic...