The latest pay-per-view offering from the UFC takes place this Saturday night/Sunday morning, with the world’s eyes on the featherweight and bantamweight champions, Alexander Volkanovski and Aljamain Sterling, with ‘The Korean Zombie’ and Petr Yan making their way to The Sunshine State with the golden belts on their mind.
Where: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
When: Main Card starts at 3am, Prelims from 11.15pm
How To Watch: Live on BT Sport from 1am
Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie:
Volkanovski, the Australian former rugby player, won the Featherweight title by defeating Max Holloway back in 2019, before defending the belt twice against ‘Blessed.’
He retained the title against Brian Ortega last year in one of the most incredible and brutal title defenses of all-time.
The Korean Zombie, or Chan Sung Jung as he’s better known, has been fighting for many promotions since making his MMA debut in 2007. He recently obtained his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after defeating Dan Ige last June, to add to his collection of belts in Judo, Taekwondo and Hapkido.
The South Korean has had lots of notable fights in the past, including his incredible scrap with Dustin Poirier in 2012 as well as his submission win against Leonard Garcia, where he became the first fighter to submit an opponent with the ‘Twister’ submission. The number four ranked featherweight has an incredible engine and chin, a tough test for a champion with a similar skillset.
Sterling Vs Yan II:
This title fight is a tale of revenge or repeat, but not quite. It’s very doubtful that the results from their first fight will be repeated.
For anyone that didn’t catch the first fight between these two, Petr Yan lost his bantamweight via disqualification, for kneeing Aljamain Sterling in the head while he was grounded. It was a brutal and unnecessary strike that ended a potential fight of the year candidate early, disappointing fans and Yan alike. Since then, the rematch has been touted from the time the pair left the ring.
The initial rematch was intended to take place last October, however Sterling withdrew due to a lingering neck injury. Corey Sandhagen stepped in for the interim title fight, which Yan won. The duo now face off to unify the division once and for all and finally put the disqualification drama behind them.
Khamzat Chimaev faces the latest challenge in his rise to stardom, a fight against the second-ranked welterweight in the world, Gilbert Burns. Since losing out in his title fight against Kamaru Usman, Burns has only beaten Stephen Thompson and hopes to stay active at the top of the division with a fight against one of the hottest prospects in the world of mixed martial arts in Khamzat. Chimaev will be hoping to enter the top five as soon as possible to give him a shot at the title in the next 18 months.
23-time gold medalist, Mackenzie Dern, will be hoping to put her loss against Marina Rodriguez behind her as she faces ‘Double T’ Tecia Torres. Torres has notable career victories over Paige VanZant, Rose Namajunas and Michelle Waterson and is on a three-fight win streak.
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