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Report – Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung Headlines UFC 273 On April 9.

A featherweight championship clash between promotional-perfect champion, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski, and the #4 ranked contender, ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung will take main event status at UFC 273 on April 9. At the time of publication, the promotion is yet to secure an official venue or location for the showcase.

New South Wales native, Volkanovski is set to attempt to lodge his third successful defense of his featherweight crown against Jung, after a recently targeted UFC 272 main event trilogy bout with Max Holloway fell to the wayside last week.

For Jung, the Busan veteran will attempt to clinch featherweight gold at the second time of trying – most recently rebounding to the winner’s enclosure with a unanimous decision main event victory over Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 29 in June. Ariel Helwani was first to report the pairing of Volkanovski and Jung.

Per a report from MMA Fighting reporter, Damon Martin, despite initially outlining a Barclays Center hosting in Brooklyn, New York – the UFC are now attempting to secure a venue in Florida for the April 9. pay-per-view event, possibly in a return to Jacksonville.

Most recently headlining UFC 266 back in September of last year, Australian technician, Volkanovski turned in a Fight of the Year contender against challenger and common-foe, Brian Ortega to successfully defend his featherweight crown.

Before his unanimous judging win over Ige, South Korean striker, Jung dropped a rather one-sided unanimous decision loss to Ortega in October 2019 – snapping a two-fight winning run following knockout triumphs against both Renato Moicano, and former lightweight titleholder, Frankie Edgar.

Jung first challenged for UFC featherweight spoils back in August 2013 at UFC 163 against then-champion, Jose Aldo in the champion’s native Brazil dropping a fourth round knockout loss after suffering a shoulder injury. Jung would later serve in the South Korean military as part of the country’s conscription policy before a return in February 2017.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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  1. […] is slated to take place on April 9. – with a featherweight title fight between reigning champion, Alexander Volkanovski, and the #4 ranked, Chan Sung Jung taking headlining honors. In the night’s co-main event, bantamweight rivals, Aljamain Sterling, and Petr Yan will unify […]

  2. […] South Wales native, Volkanovski has been booked to headline the UFC 273 pay-per-view event on April 9. against one-time …, after former champion, Max Holloway was forced to withdraw from a targeted trilogy bout against […]

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