UFC 273 Betting: Volkanovski vs. Zombie Odds, Preview and Picks
The best UFC gambling sites have the UFC 273 odds for the featherweight belt. Volkanovski is the favorite while the Zombie is the underdog. This is the third title defense for Volkanovski since he won the title from Max Holloway in December 2019.
The champ will look to hold on to his belt and extend his 20-fight winning streak. The Korean Zombie, aka Chan Sung Jung, earned this championship shot after Holloway pulled out of the fight. Zombie has won three of his past four fights this will be his second shot at UFC gold.
Alexander Volkanovski, the favorite at the best online sportsbooks, has not lost since 2013. That loss is the only one on his record. He stands at 23-1 with 14 stoppages (11 KOs, three submissions). That loss was a KO.
The orthodox fighter is well-rounded. He has a striking output of 6.42 significant strikes per minute. Also, he absorbs 3.34. He has 1.77 takedowns per 15 minutes. That was a key factor in the split-decision win over Holloway.
The Great cautiously aggressive. He plods forward but not recklessly. He sets up his shots. Volkanovski plies his foes with leg kicks before he lets his fists fly. Volkanovski’s past three fights were Max Holloway (won by unanimous decision), Max Holloway (won by split decision) and Brian Ortega (won by unanimous decision).
Zombie, the underdog at the best gambling sites, has a 17-6 with 14 finishes (six KOs, eight submissions). Half of his losses have been by knockout. In his last fight, he secured three takedowns in the win.
The large layoff between fights (2013-2017), was because of compulsory military service (he comes from the good Korea; i.e., South). Standing up, Jung has some power in his hands but he doesn’t have a high output.
He surpassed 100 significant strikes just once (126 in 2018). Also he has a great jab and when in the pocket. He does a great job of timing his opponents and then countering. Zombie’s past three fights were Frankie Edgar (won by knockout), Brian Ortega (lost by unanimous decision) and Dan Ige (won by unanimous decision).
Pick: Volkanovski by knockout.
Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan
Aljamain Sterling is the underdog champ at the best gambling sites. His record is 20-3 with 10 stoppage wins (two KOs, eight submissions) and one loss by knockout. Funk Master is a balanced mixed martial artist.
He does his best work on the mat with 80% of his finishes being submissions. His trainer is former welterweight champ and jiu-jitsu black belt Matt Serra. When he gets on a roll on his feet, he can be difficult with his 71-inch reach. That is long for the division.
Aljamain is quick and fights long with many kicks and straight punches. He forces his opponents to try to close the distance before shooting for a takedown. Sterling had a solid first round versus Yan, which he won on one judge’s scorecard.
However, he got dropped with an opportune right hand. Sterling’s last three fights were Pedro Munhoz (won by unanimous decision), Cory Sandhagen (won by submission), and Petr Yan (won by disqualification).
Yan has a 16-2 record with eight stoppages (seven KOs, one submission). He has never been stopped. No Mercy’s an intelligent fighter. He likes to throw away the opening rounds while he reads his opponent, figuring them out and coming up with a strategy before attacking. He did that in his previous bout with Sterling and it became a one-sided fight.
Yan’s last three fights were Jose Aldo (won by knockout), Aljamain Sterling (lost by disqualification) and Cory Sandhagen (won by unanimous decision).
Pick: Yan by KO.