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UFC 273 live results, instant analysis

Check out live results of Saturday's "UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie" event in Jacksonville, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – MMA Underground was on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s UFC 273.

UFC 273 took place at Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. The main card aired on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

In the main event, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (24-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) took on veteran challenger Chan Sung Jung (17-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC). The co-main event was a title unification bout between bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) and interim champ Petr Yan (16-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC). Additionally Khamzat Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) met former welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Alexander Volkanovski def. Chan Sung Jung via TKO (punches) – Round 4, 0:45

Chang Sung Jung walkout: "Zombie" by The Cranberries

Volkanovski walkout: "Down Under" by Men at Work

Volkanovski (24-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) was dialed in from the start, landing a big left hand in the early going and several other stiff strikes in the initial exchanges. Jung (17-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) did his best to walk through them and return fire, but a battered right eye and busted nose in the opening round made it impossible to deny his opponent's effectiveness, and he was wobbled on more than one occasion. The one-way traffic continued until the third, when Jung came out firing and landed with a few stinging blows that caught Volanovski by surprise, but the champion regained the momentum, dropping his opponent in the final seconds and nearly finishing the fight. The doctor briefly checked on Jung to start the fourth, but Volkanovski put a quick end to the fight with a few devastating shots in the opening seconds. Referee Herb Dean stepped in and called a merciful halt to the one-sided contest, waving it off 45 seconds into the frame.

  • Aljamain Sterling def. Petr Yan via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

Yan walkout: "Stem for the Belt" by Noggano

Sterling walkout: "Farruko" by Pepas, "I Love" by Joyner Lucas

It didn't come easy, but Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) is now an undisputed champion after securing a razor-thin, split-decision win over former champ Yan (16-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC). The bout featured a few shifts in momentum along the way, with Sterling clearly taking rounds 2 and 3 with extended periods of back control but Yan battling back in rounds 4 and 5 with impressive defensive wrestling and scrambling that kept the "Funk Master" at bay. In the end, it call came down to an incredibly tight opening round, and judges Sal D'Amato and Eliseo Rodriguez each leaned toward Sterling, giving him the split-decision victory. After losing their first contest with Sterling via disqualification, Yan asked for a third fight between them. However, Sterling indicated his interest lies in matchup with another former champ, T.J. Dillashaw.

  • Khamzat Chimaev def. Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Burns walkout: "Medley" by Buchecha

In what was clearly the toughest test of his career thus far, Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) kept his perfect career record intact but was certainly pushed to his absolute limit by an incredibly durable Burns (20-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC). Chimaev landed devastating strikes from start to finish, but Burns was up to the challenge, firing bombs of his own and rocking Chimaev in the second. With the fight on the line in the third, it was Chimaev who started quickly and survived a late charge from Burns, who was attacking until the very end, even as blood streamed steadily down his face. In the end, Chimaev picked up a decision win, but Burns certainly didn't lose any standing in the division with the result.

Torres walkout: "Born for This" by The Score

Dern walkout: "Righteous" by Hippie Sabotage

In a phenomenal strawweight matchup, Dern (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) flashed her incredible jiu-jitsu skills but also showed ever-improving striking skills, as well, in a split-decision result. Torres (13-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC) was committed to a stick-and-move approach, flashing her speed and creative striking, but Torres was also quite effective in moments on the feet, especially in the first. The second showcased Dern's phenomenal grappling, jumping to guard and attacking with a kimura and then an armbar while her opponent was still standing. As they hit the floor shortly after, Dern then threatened with a kneebar and a toehold. Torres was up to the challenge, surviving some tense moments in the high-level grappling sequences, and she was able to resume striking again in the third. Ultimately, though judges Chris Lee and Derek Cleary had given Dern the opening two rounds, earning her the split-decision result and seeing her rebound from an October loss to Marina Rodriguez.

Madsen walkout: "Olympic Fanfare & Theme" by John Williams, "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC

Pichel walkout: "Highway to Hell" by AC/DC

It won't be on any lists for "Fight of the Year," but Madsen (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) did what he needed to do to take home a decision win over Pichel and keep his perfect career record intact. After having some success on the feet early, Pichel (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) started to land a bit more frequently, leaving the scores up in the air heading into the final frame. The three-time Olympian turned to his wrestling in the last five minutes, taking Pichel to the floor and preventing him from mounting any offense, clinching the decision win for Madsen.


Weeks walkout: "Safe and Save" by JD Halls

Garry walkout: "R U Mine" by Arctic Monkeys

Garry (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was able to keep his career record perfect, though he was forced to go to the cards against a gritty Darian Weeks (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Weeks pressured from the start, staying in Garry's face and cutting off the cage before eventually moving to the clinch. When Garry finally pulled free, he was quick to rattle off high kicks and straight punches, though he often moved himself back to the cage following exchanges. That sequence repeated itself for nearly the entirety of the contest. Garry show flashes of the speed and striking acumen that have him touted as a prospect, even if he didn't get the finish he was seeking.

Fremd walkout: "Ambitionz az a Ridah" by Tupac

Hernandez walkout: "Bladadah" by Mozzy

In a highly entertaining middleweight matchup, Hernandez (9-2 MM, 3-2 UFC) used a relentless pace and non-stop submission attempts, including multiple guillotine chokes, to secure a decision win over a very game newcomer in Fremd (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Hernandez did have to survive a brief turn of momentum in the second, as Fremd looked to mount a comeback, but a late barrage of strikes from Hernandez took it back and his favor, and he continued the attack throughout the final round to claim a decision win, his second straight.

Pennington walkout: "The Bravest" by Sir Rosevelt

Ladd walkout: Promotory from Last of the Mohicans

Stepping on short notice, Pennington (14-8 MMA, 11-5 UFC) took advantage of the opportunity to pick up a win over a ranked opponent by earning a clear decision over Ladd (9-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). It was Pennington's crisp boxing and slick movement that saw her claim the first two rounds, even while battling through what she thought was a broken hand. Ladd, know largely for her grappling prowess, finally scored a takedown in the third round, but it was too little, too late, and all three judges awarded the fight to Pennington, who now boasts a four-fight winning streak and called for a future matchup with Sara McMann.

Malott walkout: "Fat Lip" by Sum 41

Gall walkout: "Mickey" by Toni Basil, "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3

In a spirited standup contest, both men had moments of success with some back-and-fort action early, but it was a Mallott (8-1-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) who landed a vicious two-punch combination that sent Gall (7-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) crashing to the canvas. Mallott hopped on top with additional punches to seal the deal at the 3:41 mark. of the opening round in his UFC debut.


Vanderaa walkout: "Motionless in White" by Cyberhex

Oleinik walkout: "Ballard for Suppression" by Vladimir Vysotsky

In what ended up being one of the more entertaining heavyweight grappling sequence you'll ever see, it was Vanderaa (12-8 MMA, 1-4 UFC) who threatened to end the contest early, teasing both a rear-naked choke, as well as a triangle. But the incomparable Oleinik (60-16-1 MMA, 9-7 UFC) continued to turn and scramble until he was able to get top position, slipping out to a scarfhold and cranking the neck to get the first-round submission.

Hansen walkout: "Grinding All My Life" by Nipsey Hussle

Rodriguez walkout: "Legend" by The Score

The relentless takedowns of Hansen (7-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) were effective early, but Rodriguez (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was able to make the necessary adjustments to swing things in her favor over the final two frames, scoring a few takedowns of her own and landing the more effective strikes on the feet to take home a decision win in her UFC debut.

Santos walkout: "Nocaute" by MC Lucas DM and MC Robs

Arce walkout: "Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony

With UFC lightweight champ Charles Oliveira in his corner, Santos (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) showed constant aggression from start to finish, but Arce (18-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) was too slick on the feet, showing excellent defensive awareness and landing repeatedly with a crisp jab to pick up a clearcut decision win.