Alexander Volkanovski promised “f***ing greatness” on Friday afternoon in Jacksonville ahead of his UFC 273 main event showdown against Chan Sung Jung.
Volkanovski was the first fighter to hit the scales in the morning as the shredded Australian made championship weight.
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The featherweight champion tipped the scales at 144.5 lbs ahead of his UFC 273 main event showdown against Chan Sung Jung, who also came in at 144.5 lbs.
Later at the ceremonial weigh-in, a fired up Volkanovski stared daggers into his opponent, before letting out a roar to the raucous crowd inside VyStar Memorial Arena.
“We’re going to f***ing war!” Volkanovski screamed.
“And you’re going to see f***ing greatness!”
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It’ll be Volkanovski’s third title defence since claiming the featherweight belt back in 2019; the 33-year-old riding a 10-fight win streak in the UFC.
For ‘The Korean Zombie’, a perennial contender in the 145-pound division, it’s another shot at the belt nearly a decade on from his last attempt – a 2013 defeat at the hands of Jose Aldo.
In the co-main event, both Aljamain Sterling (134.5 lbs) and Petr Yan (134 lbs) made weight as their grudge bantamweight title rematch was made official.
“It’s been a long time,” Sterling said, shedding tears on the scales, before screaming: “Let’s go! I’m back, baby!”
Meanwhile, hyped rising star Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns had no issues as their 170-pound match-up was locked in.
Alexander Volkanovski (C) vs. ‘The Korean Zombie’ — UFC featherweight title
Aljamain Sterling (C) vs. Petr Yan (IC) — undisputed bantamweight title
Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev — welterweights
Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres — strawweights
Vinc Pichel Vs. Mark Madsen – lightweights
Raquel Pennington vs. Aspen Ladd — bantamweights
Ian Garry vs. Darian Weeks — welterweights
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Marcin Tybura — heavyweights
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott — welterweights
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Jared Vanderaa — heavyweights
Josh Fremd vs. Anthony Hernandez — middleweights
Julio Arce vs. Daniel Santos — bantamweights
Piera Rodriguez vs. Kay Hansen — strawweights
What is the tale of the tape?
Record – 23-1
Age – 33
Height – 167.6cm
Weight – 66kg
Reach – 180cm
Last Fight – Win via decision over Brian Ortega
Wins by KO – 11
Wins by submission – 3
Wins by decision – 9
Record – 17-6
Age – 35
Height – 175.3cm
Weight – 66kg
Reach – 183cm
Last Fight – Win via decision over Dan Ige
Wins by KO – 6
Wins by submission – 8
Wins by decision – 3