After a rare off-week, the UFC is back in our lives this weekend with a stacked card topped by two title fights. UFC 273’s main event is UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defending against ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung, who is replacing the injured Max Holloway.
The co-main event is a UFC bantamweight unification bout, and a grudge match, between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. Sterling won the title from Yan after the Russian hit Sterling with an illegal knee. Since then Yan has picked up an interim bantamweight title.
Also on the pay-per-view is an appearance from the hottest prospect in the sport, Khamzat Chimaev. He takes on his biggest challenge to date, former UFC welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns. Rounding out the main card is an intriguing strawweight bout between Mackenzie Dern and Tecia Torres and a lightweight tilt between Vinc Pichel and Mark Madsen.
The prelim card includes Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Marcin Tybura and Aspen Ladd vs. Raquel Pennington. The Early Prelims are headlined by Alexei Oleinik vs. Jared Vanderaa.
Before any of these bouts happen, though, the fighters will need to make weight. With two title fights on tap, that means four fighters will need to make championship weight. That means they won’t get the usual extra pound allowance on the scales.
You can see how everything unfolds by watching the stream below, hosted by our friends at MMA Fighting. The stream goes live at 9 PM ET.
The ceremonial weigh-ins will take place at 4PM ET. You can watch those below:
Featherweight Championship: Alexander Volkanovski (144.5) vs. Chan Sung Jung (144.5)
Bantamweight championship: Aljamain Sterling (134.5) vs. Petr Yan (134)
Welterweight: Gilbert Burns (170) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (170)
Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern (115.5) vs. Tecia Torres (115.5)
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel (155.5) vs. Mark Madsen (155)
Welterweight: Ian Garry (170.5) vs. Darian Weeks (170.5)
Heavyweight : Jairzinho Rozenstruik (252.5) vs. Marcin Tybura (253)*
Bantamweight: Aspen Ladd (136) vs. Raquel Pennington (134.5)
Welterweight: Mickey Gall (170.5) vs. Mike Malott (170.5)
Heavyweight: Aleksei Oleinik (244) vs. Jared Vanderaa (266)
Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez (186) vs. Josh Fremd (185.5)
Strawweight: Piera Rodriguez (115) vs. Kay Hansen (118.5)**
Bantamweight: Julio Arce (136.5)*** vs. Daniel Santos (135)
*Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Marcin Tybura has been cancelled due to an illness to Tybura.
**Kay Hansen misses weight by 2.5 lbs. Hansen will forfeit 20 percent of her purse to Rodriguez.
***Julio Arce misses weight by .5 lbs.
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