Two of the top fighters in the UFC’s featherweight division face off for gold at UFC 273, as Alexander Volkanovski defends the UFC featherweight title against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The fight will take place on April 9 from inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Volkanovski, a former rugby league player, made his pro debut in 2012. After losing the fourth fight of his career, Volkanovski has gone on a 20-fight win streak. He is 10-0 in the UFC since joining the organization in 2016. In 2019 at UFC 245, Volkanovski beat Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title. He would beat Holloway in a controversial rematch at UFC 251 in 2020.
Volkanovski’s last fight was a unanimous decision win over Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in September.
“The Korean Zombie” made his pro debut in 2007. Competing for Pancrase, World Victory Road, and the WEC, Jung made his UFC debut in 2011. “The Korean Zombie” last fought for featherweight gold in 2013, losing to Jose Aldo via TKO. He would take time off from the octagon to serve mandatory military service time in South Korea.
The 35-year-old returned in 2017, and his 4-2 since then. His last fight was a win over Dan Ige in June 2021.
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Who will walk out of the octagon with the UFC featherweight title? The Sporting News is here to give some insight on how to bet on this fight.
UFC 273 odds for Alexander Volkanovski vs. ‘The Korean Zombie’
According to bookmaker Palmerbet, Volkanovski is the $1.14 favourite, with “The Korean Zombie” a significant underdog at $5.40.
UFC 273 markets for Alexander Volkanovski vs. ‘The Korean Zombie’
- Volkanovski via KO/TKO: $3.40
- Volkanovski via submission: $11
- Volkanovski via decision: $1.72
- Korean Zombie via KO/TKO: $10
- Korean Zombie via submission: $18
- Korean Zombie via decision: $11
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Alexander Volkanovski vs. ‘The Korean Zombie’ prediction
When talking about Volkanovski and Jung, one has to think about the striking capability of both men. Volkanovski has an edge in significant strikes landed per minute, with 6.42, compared with 4.07 for Jung. Both are about even when it comes to significant strike defense, with Jung at 55 percent and Volkanovski at 60 percent.
Looking into it deeper, however, the volume of shots Volkanovski lands is something to behold. In his past four fights, Volkanovski has landed 603 strikes. He landed 214 against Brian Ortega alone. In his past four fights, Jung landed 216.
Although “The Korean Zombie” has landed fewer strikes, and his past two wins via TKO were in 2019, he is as dangerous as they come. Volkanovski as a boxer can pick an opponent apart. However, Jung is always a threat that can land at any moment.
On the ground is where things can get interesting. Volkanovski has a 70 percent takedown defense, while Jung ranks high at 77 percent. Jung was taken down three times against Ortega, the first time that has happened since 2013 against Aldo. Volkanovski landed five takedowns against Shane Young in 2017. Since then, he has landed seven and has been taken down six times.
In Jung’s last fight against Dan Ige, he landed three takedowns and went for three submissions. That was a much more methodical approach to fighting compared with what we are used to seeing from him. Will that side of “The Korean Zombie” come out, and will Volkanovski have what it takes to combat it?
Based on the history of both fighters, it’s easy to think that this will be a disciplined striking game. If Volkanovski is feeling punch-happy, can “The Korean Zombie” absorb that much punishment? Will we get glimpses of Jung’s epic fight against Yair Rodriguez? Volkanovski can break down anyone and end the bout at any point. This feels much more like a brawl-type of clash. That is an atmosphere in which Volkanovski thrives.