Alexander Volkanovski faces one of his toughest opponents to date in “The Korean Zombie” at UFC 273. Meanwhile, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will look to enhance their already-heated rivalry.
Taking place inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on April 9, Volkanovski will be defending the UFC featherweight title. Sterling will be defending the UFC bantamweight title.
Volkanovski made his pro debut in 2012 and is currently on a 20-fight winning streak. He came to the UFC in 2016, and in 2019 he beat Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title. Volkanovski beat Holloway in a rematch for the title and beat Brian Ortega in September to hold onto the belt.
Jung made his pro debut in 2007. He joined the UFC in 2011 and is 7-3 with the promotion. He had a gap between runs in the UFC because of mandatory military service in South Korea. “The Korean Zombie” is 3-1 in his last four fights; his last bout was a unanimous decision win over Dan Ige last June.
Sterling made his pro debut in 2011. ”Funk Master” is on a six-fight win streak since losing to Marlon Moraes in 2017. Yan made his debut in 2014. He joined the UFC in 2018 and is 8-1 with the promotion. Yan’s last fight was a win over Cory Sandhagen last October for the interim UFC bantamweight title.
The Russian fighter was bantamweight champion when he fought Sterling in March 2021. Yan was disqualified in the fourth round for landing an illegal knee, giving Sterling the win and title.
The Sporting News has you covered with all the information you need, to watch the fight on Saturday, including time, channel and fight card.
What time does UFC 273 start today?
- Date: Saturday, April 9
- Start time: 6 p.m. ET
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
- Main card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET
- Main event: 12:15 a.m. ET (approx.)
UFC 273 will take place on Saturday, April 9, with the early prelims kicking off the event at 6 p.m. ET. The prelims will begin at 8 p.m. ET and the main card will start at 10 p.m. ET. Sterling vs. Yan 2 should take place around 11:15. p.m. ET. Volkanovski and “The Korean Zombie” should enter the Octagon around midnight ET, depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
What channel is UFC 273 on?
- TV channels: ESPN+, ESPN Deportes
- Live stream: ESPN+
The main card for UFC 273 is available in the U.S. and Mexico on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view cost. That portion of the event begins at 10 p.m. ET.
Earlier fights are viewable live on ESPN+, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the main card pay-per-view is available on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
In the United Kingdom, the main card will be available on BT Sport 2, with the prelims available on UFC Fight Pass.
In Australia, the main card will be on Main Event, Fetch TV, Kayo, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 273 fight card
Main card: (10 p.m. ET)
- Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. “The Korean Zombie” for the UFC featherweight title
- Aljamain Sterling (c) vs. Petr Yan for the undisputed bantamweight title
- Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev; welterweights
- Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres; strawweights
- Vinc Pichel vs. Mark Madsen; lightweights
Prelims (8 p.m. ET)
- Raquel Pennington vs. Aspen Ladd; bantamweights
- Ian Garry vs. Darian Weeks; welterweights
- Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott; welterweights
Early Prelims (6 p.m. ET)
- Aleksei Oleinik vs. Jared Vanderaa; heavyweights
- Josh Fremd vs. Anthony Hernandez; middleweights
- Julio Arce vs. Daniel Santos; bantamweights
- Piera Rodriguez vs. Kay Hansen; strawweights
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