Reigning UFC featherweight champion, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski has once again opened as a betting favorite over the next challenger to his throne – ‘The Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung, ahead of the pair’s reworked title showdown at UFC 273 on April 9.
New South Wales native, Volkanovski has been booked to headline the UFC 273 pay-per-view event on April 9. against one-time title challenger, Jung, after former champion, Max Holloway was forced to withdraw from a targeted trilogy bout against Volkanovski – citing the aggravation of a previous injury.
Headlining the event, Volkanovski books his second consecutive main event bout under the promotion’s banner, following a UFC 266 appearance against common-foe, Brian Ortega. Successfully defending his title on that occasion, the Australian managed to lodge an impressive unanimous decision win over the Los Angeles in a Fight of the Year contender.
For Jung, the Busan veteran managed to rebound from a rather one-sided loss to Ortega back in October 2020 with a June unanimous decision win of his own over Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 29. The victory propelled the one-time title challenger to the #4 rank at featherweight.
Despite receiving much criticism for his instalment into a title offing with Volkanovski, Jung presents the highest-ranked featherweight coming off a victory available to fight the champion, courtesy of his summer judging win over Ige.
Per online bookies, Fanduel Sportsbook – lines have opened on Volkanovski vs. Jung, and the champion has opened as a betting favorite, landing initially at -330. For Jung, who had previously lost to former division kingpin, Jose Aldo back in 2013, opening odds seat him at +265.
As for the co-headliner between bantamweight champions, Aljamain Sterling, and interim titleholder, Petr Yan, the latter actually opens as a favorite over Sterling – coming in as a -320 over the former, who sits as a +270 betting underdog at the time of publication.
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