UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is on the high of his sport, a plain reality he demonstrated once more on Saturday night time.
The Australian made it look straightforward whereas efficiently defending his title in opposition to South Korea’s Chan Sung Jung in the principle occasion of UFC 273, incomes a TKO victory on the 45-second mark of the fourth spherical in Jacksonville, Fla.
Volkanovski’s hanging was crisp and pinpoint from the soar. He almost completed Jung, a competitor nicknamed “The Korean Zombie” for his toughness, within the third, however Jung was saved by the horn. Within the fourth, Volkanovski poured it on and the bout was waved off with Jung nonetheless standing.
Volkanovski (24-1) has now gained all 11 of his UFC fights and efficiently defended his title thrice. Jung dropped to 17-7.
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“He took much more (punishment) than I needed him to,” Vokanovski stated. “I used to be beginning to really feel unhealthy about it, however that’s the game we’re in.”
Within the night’s co-feature bout, Lengthy Island, N.Y.’s Aljamain Sterling (21-3) acquired the final snort on his many, many doubters by defeating Russia’s Petr Yan (16-3) in a UFC bantamweight title unifier.
Final yr, Sterling turned the primary fighter ever to win a title in UFC through disqualification when Yan fouled Sterling in a bout Yan was in any other case profitable handily. Sterling was an enormous underdog going into the rematch and the Florida crowd sided with the Russian, however Sterling took the victory through cut up determination, getting two out of three 48-47 scorecards to go in his favor.
Sterling used his grappling abilities to decisively take rounds two and three, almost cinching submissions on a number of events. Yan plainly took rounds 4 and 5 along with his hanging sport. The figuring out issue was an in depth spherical one, and Sterling acquired the nod from two of three judges there and thus the battle.
“I do know I got here in right here very extremely doubted,” Sterling stated. “I had a tough-ass opponent in Petr Yan. He introduced out one of the best in me. … Maintain doubting me.”
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