To kick off April’s UFC slates, UFC 273 is set to be possibly the most highly anticipated fight card of 2022, featuring two title fights and one of the largest hype trains in the entire sport.
While there are still a couple weeks until the event, it is never too early to lay out some predictions of the best fights occurring that night.
This article will lay out my predictions for the UFC 273 main card.
#5 Mackenzie Dern vs. #7 Tecia Torres
In the strawweight division, Mackenzie Dern takes on “The Tiny Tornado” Ticia Torres. This seems to be a title elimination fight, as both are on the bubble of being put in a position to take on current champion Rose Namajunas.
Dern only has two losses in her career, losing her last fight by decision. If she wants to finish Torres, she will likely have to submit her, as she has never recorded a knockout in the UFC. Tecia Torres is the statistically more efficient striker, although her ground game is basically non-existent. She is a winner of three straight, and looks to keep her momentum going with a victory April 9th.
Prediction: Tecia Torres by decision
#2 Gilbert Burns vs. #11 Khamzat Chimaev
My favorite fight on the card, the number two ranked welterweight contender in the world takes on one of the most hyped up welterweights in some time. Khamzat Chimaev is currently undefeated in fighting, including a 4-0 record in the UFC, smashing his opponents along the way.
Chimaev has had two significant strikes landed on him his entire UFC career, and has recently embarrassed previously eleventh ranked Jingliang Ji in the first round. Chimaev has title aspirations, and can be the man to take down both Israel Adesanya and Kamaru Usman.
Before he can take on the champions, Chimaev will have his work cut out for him in Gilbert Burns. Besides his loss to Kamaru Usman in the welterweight title fight last year, Burns has not lost since 2016. He is one of the best grappling artists in the entire class, which is essential against a dominant wrestler like Chimaev.
Prediction: Chimaev by submission
C Aljamain Sterling vs. IC Petr Yan
The first of two title fights, bantamweights Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan square off in a rematch of a controversial ending that ended with a Petr Yan disqualification. This result was because of an illegal knee Yan landed at the end of the 4th round.
It was clear to judges and everyone watching that Yan was winning the fight to that point, and Yan followed the fight up with a dominant win against Cory Sandhagen for the interim title belt. His opponent, “The Funk Master” Aljamain Sterling has an impressive 20-3 record and has not lost a fight since 2017. Saying that, Sterling will have to come into this fight with a new approach, as he looked inferior compared to Yan in the octagon in their prior fight.
Prediction: Petr Yan by unanimous decision
C Alexander Volkanovski vs. #4 Chan Sung Jung
In the main event, Alexander Volkanovski takes on his newest challenger, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. Volkanovski has lapped the competition in the featherweight division, as the fighter is 23-1 and looks unstoppable.
The Korean Zombie is getting his first title shot, sitting at a 17-6 record, most recently defeating Dan Ige. Before that, he lost to Brian Ortega, who was the most recent fighter to challenge Volkanovski for his belt.
I think Volkanovski takes care of business here. The only reason Chan Sung Jung is even getting a title shot is because the champion has already defeated any better option.
Decision: Volkanovski by KO
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