UFC 273 has found its headliner.
Alexander Volkanovski will defend the Featherweight Championship on April 9 against Chan Sung Jung, better known as the “Korean Zombie”. Ariel Helwani from MMA Fighting reported the news and that was later confirmed by Iridium Sports Agency, Jung’s management company. The location of the next pay-per-view event has not been determined, but MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin revealed that it could be moved from Brooklyn, New York, to Jacksonville, Florida.
Volkanovski was scheduled to meet Max Holloway in a trilogy fight at UFC 272, but that was immediately called off after Holloway suffered an undisclosed injury during his training camp. The promotion looked for replacements for Volkanovski, who has made it clear he wants Jung in his next Octagon appearance.
The “Great” has successfully defended his title twice since winning it over Max Holloway over two years ago. Volkanovski again beat Holloway in an immediate rematch at UFC 251 and defeated Brian Ortega in a “Fight of the Year” candidate at UFC 266.
Jung recently returned to the winning column with a unanimous decision victory over Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 29 last June. Prior to that, the 34-year-old was on a two-game winning streak that included first round knockouts of Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar before relinquishing a decision to the aforementioned Ortega. Jung has contested the title once before, losing by technical knockout in the fourth round to then-champion José Aldo at UFC 163. Since then he has gone 4-2 and claims fourth place in the official rankings of UFC.
A bantamweight championship rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan is also slated to be featured at UFC 273. Sterling and Yan were supposed to fight at UFC 272, but the fight has been moved to another date for reasons. unknown.