UFC 273 Recap

After a fantastic Saturday night of fighting, UFC 273 has wrapped up. After some time to decompress it is time to look back and recap the memorable night of action.

           First let’s look at some of the most notable fights that headlined the undercard for the event. Early in the night 44 year old Aleksei Oleinki eclipsed his 60th MMA win via Neck Crank over Jared Vanderaa. Oleinki’s win was a fan favorite due to his age and this win snapped a three fight losing streak he had before the fight. Mike Malott in his UFC debut defeated Mickey Gall by a brutal left hook leading to a TKO. Malott planned to donate his fight purse to a girl battling cancer, but Dana White offered to Malott he would handle it and pay for it himself. Ian Garry, a very hyped prospect out of Ireland, defeated Darian Weeks via unanimous decision. Garry was able to score a knockdown on Weeks and fairly easily control the fight and dominate, to continue his hype train. 

           Now it’s time to look at the three main events of the night, which to say the least, all did not disappoint. The first fight of these three we will look at is the ultra hyped prospect in Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns. In what can only be described as an all out war, Chimaev was taken into deep waters for the first time in his young MMA career being knocked down by Burns with a few seconds left in the second round. But Chimaev did his deal of damage knocking down Burns in the first round and putting plenty of damage to Burns, as Burns did to him as well. However Chimaev was able to win by unanimous decision in what is widely considered the fight of the night. The second fight of three to look at was a Bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. Their first fight over a year ago was mired in controversy, with Sterling winning via disqualification due to an illegal knee by Yan. This caused many to see Sterling as the fake champ and Yan was a heavy favorite coming into this fight, with some giving Sterling zero chance to win. However Sterling showcased his superior wrestling in the first three rounds winning them all, and even with Yan surging back in rounds four and five. The judges gave Sterling the win via Split Decision, a result that also has been argued and debated across the UFC community, with the president of the UFC Dana White also not agreeing with the decision. The main event consisted of Featherweights Alexander Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie and it was not nearly as competitive of a match as the last two were. Champion Volkanovski dominated The Korean Zombie from start to finish, eventually defeating him by TKO in the fourth round after referee Herb Dean stopped the fight. Volkanovski made his case as one of the top fighters pound for pound in the UFC once again and is considering a move up to the Lightweight division if as he was quoted saying “the featherweights don’t sort things out.” 

               The UFC continues to rise in popularity and this fight card only proves why. With action, controversy, and domination, the sport has it all and is only going to skyrocket more and more in popularity if they can keep putting together amazing fight cards like this one.

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