Volkanovski vs Korean Zombie title fight headlines UFC 273 on April 9, Sterling vs Yan 2 set as co-main event

    Itโ€™s been a busy few days for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers. After Max Holloway was forced out of a trilogy fight against current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski, which was set for UFC 272 on March 5, 2022, the promotion had to scramble for a new contender to take on โ€œThe Great.โ€

    Not long after it was reported that a five-round welterweight fight between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington would be the new headliner for UFC 272 in Las Vegas, Nevada, MMA Fightingโ€™s Ariel Helwani reported that Chan Sung Jung would be stepping in for Holloway to take on Volkanovski at UFC 273, which is set for April 9 at a location that has yet to be determined.

    Also, a rematch between current bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and interim titleholder, Petr Yan, has been moved from UFC 272 and will now co-headline UFC 273, instead. As it stands, there is not a co-headlining act booked for UFC 272, but expect that to change in the coming days.

    Jung hasnโ€™t competed since he defeated Dan Ige in June 2021, which was his first victory since defeating Frankie Edgar in Dec. 2019 via knockout. Sandwiched in between those fights is a unanimous decision loss to Brian Ortega. There were several fighters eager to step in to face Volkanovski, including Henry Cejudo and Giga Chikadze, but the grand prize ultimately went to โ€œThe Korean Zombie.โ€

    As always, keep it tuned to MMA Mania as more details emerge and matchups are announced for both of these PPV cards.

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