Fights on Tap: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung among 28 UFC bouts announced 

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    Can you believe we survived a month-long break and were welcomed back with a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate in the first UFC event of the year? Seriously, Calvin Kattar vs. Giga Chikadze was one hell of a contest, but we are in for some absolute bangers over the next couple of months. This week, the UFC either announced or finalized 28 fights, and the featherweight champion has received a new opponent for his next title defense.

    Alexander Volkanovski was originally scheduled to complete the trilogy with Max Holloway, but an injury suffered by ‘Blessed’ led to that being canceled. Now, the ‘Great’ has agreed to meet another worthy contender in Chan Sung Jung (better known as ‘The Korean Zombie’) at UFC 273 in April. Volkanovski just defended his title for the second time, besting Brian Ortega in a ‘Fight of the Night’ awarded performance at UFC 266 this past September. Following a defeat to Ortega, TKZ rebounded at UFC Vegas 29 with a unanimous decision over Dan Ige.

    Also confirmed was a highly anticipated fight between former friends turned foes in Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. Covington and Masvidal were recently defeated by current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 261 and UFC 268, respectively. This grudge match will serve as the headliner of UFC 272, set to take place on March 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

    UFC 270 — January 22

    Michel Pereira vs. Andre Fialho — welterweight

    Silvana Gómez Juaréz vs. Vanessa Demopoulos — women’s flyweight

    Ilia Topuria vs. Charles Jourdain — featherweight

    Jack Della Maddalena vs. Pete Rodriguez — welterweight

    UFC 271 — February 12

    Andrei Arlovski vs. Jared Vanderaa — heavyweight

    UFC Fight Night — February 19

    Joaquin Buckley vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan — middleweight

    UFC Fight Night — February 26

    Jonny Parsons vs. Michael Gillmore — welterweight

    Josiane Nunes vs. Wu Yanan — women’s bantamweight

    Priscila Cachoeira vs. Ji Yeon Kim — women’s flyweight

    UFC 272 — March 5

    Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal — welterweight

    Alex Oliveira vs. Kevin Holland — welterweight

    Devonte Smith vs. Erick Gonzalez — lightweight

    UFC Fight Night — March 19

    Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento — flyweight

    UFC Fight Night — March 26

    Nate Landwehr vs. Lerone Murphy — featherweight

    Joanne Wood vs. Alexa Grasso — women’s flyweight

    David Dvorak vs. Matheus Nicolau — flyweight

    Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov — middleweight

    UFC 273 — April 9

    Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung — featherweight

    Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan — bantamweight

    Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres — women’s strawweight

    Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov — middleweight

    Julio Arce vs. Daniel Santos — bantamweight

    UFC Fight Night — April 16

    Drakkar Klose vs. Brandon Jenkins — lightweight

    UFC Fight Night — April 23

    Louis Cosce vs. Preston Parsons — welterweight

    Aoriqileng vs. Cameron Else — flyweight

    Clay Guida vs. Claudio Puelles — lightweight

    Dean Barry vs. Mike Jackson — welterweight

    UFC Fight Night — May 14

    Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate — women’s flyweight

    Announced Cage Warriors fights:

    Cage Warriors 134 — March 18

    James Hendin vs. Steve Aimable — featherweight

    Tobias Harila vs. Jeremy Petley — featherweight

    Announced KSW fights:

    KSW 67 — February 26

    Phil de Fries vs. Darko Stosic — heavyweight

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