Two of the top contenders in the UFC’s featherweight division go head to head for gold at UFC 273, as Alexander Volkanovski guards the UFC featherweight title against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. The battle will happen on April 9 from inside the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.
Volkanovski, a previous rugby player, made his expert presentation in 2012. In the wake of losing the fourth battle of his profession, Volkanovski has gone on a 20-battle win streak. He is 10-0 in the UFC since joining the association in 2016. In 2019 at UFC 245, Volkanovski beat Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title. He would beat Holloway in a questionable rematch at UFC 251 of every 2020.
Volkanovski’s last battle was a consistent choice success over Brian Ortega at UFC 266 in September.
“The Korean Zombie” made his expert presentation in 2007. Vieing for Pancrase, World Victory Road, and the WEC, Jung made his UFC debut in 2011. “The Korean Zombie” last battled for featherweight gold in 2013, losing to Jose Aldo by means of TKO. He would put a hold on from the octagon to serve compulsory military assistance time in South Korea.
The 35-year-old returned in 2017, and his 4-2 from that point forward. His last battle was a success over Dan Ige in June 2021. Who will leave the octagon with the UFC featherweight title? The Sporting News is here to give some understanding on the most proficient method to wager on this battle.
UFC 273 odds for Alexander Volkanovski vs. ‘The Korean Zombie’
According to the FanDuel Sportsbook, Volkanovski is the -770 favorite, meaning a wager of $770 will result in a $100 profit. “The Korean Zombie” is the +540 favorite, meaning a wager of $540 will result in a $2,916 profit.
In Canada, according to Sports Interaction, Volkanovski is the -820 favorite compared with “The Korean Zombie,” who is the +510 underdog.
UFC 273 prop bets for Alexander Volkanovski vs. ‘The Korean Zombie’
- Volkanovski via KO/TKO: +240
- Volkanovski via submission: +1000
- Volkanovski via decision: -140
- Korean Zombie via KO/TKO: +900
- Korean Zombie via submission: +1700
- Korean Zombie via decision: +1000
Alexander Volkanovski vs. ‘The Korean Zombie’ prediction
When talking about Volkanovski and Jung, one has to think about the striking capability of both men. Volkanovski has an edge in significant strikes landed per minute, with 6.42, compared with 4.07 for Jung. Both are about even when it comes to significant strike defense, with Jung at 55 percent and Volkanovski at 60 percent.
Looking into it deeper, however, the volume of shots Volkanovski lands is something to behold. In his past four fights, Volkanovski has landed 603 strikes. He landed 214 against Brian Ortega alone. In his past four fights, Jung landed 216.
Although “The Korean Zombie” has landed fewer strikes, and his past two wins via TKO were in 2019, he is as dangerous as they come. Volkanovski as a boxer can pick an opponent apart. However, Jung is always a threat that can land at any moment.
On the ground is the place where things can get fascinating. Volkanovski has a 70 percent takedown protection, while Jung positions high at 77%. Jung was brought down multiple times against Ortega, whenever that first has occurred starting around 2013 against Aldo. Volkanovski landed five takedowns against Shane Young in 2017. From that point forward, he has landed seven and has been brought down multiple times.
In Jung’s last battle against Dan Ige, he landed three takedowns and went for three entries. That was a substantially more deliberate way to deal with battling contrasted with what we are utilized with seeing from him. Will that side of “The Korean Zombie” come out, and will Volkanovski have the stuff to battle it?
In view of the historical backdrop of the two warriors, it’s not difficult to imagine that this will be a focused striking game. Assuming Volkanovski is feeling punch-blissful, can “The Korean Zombie” retain that much discipline? Will we get looks at Jung’s amazing battle against Yair Rodriguez? Volkanovski can separate anybody and end the session anytime. This feels considerably more like a fight sort of conflict. That is a climate wherein Volkanovski flourishes.
Sporting News prediction: Volkanovski via KO/TKO (+240)