UFC 273: Odds, predictions of Volkanovski vs. Korean Zombie: MMA Insider Reveals Surprising Fight Card Picks

A packed UFC 273 fight card awaits MMA fans on Saturday, highlighted by a main event featuring featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski defending his title against fourth-ranked Chan Sung Jung. His battle headlines the pay-per-view portion of the UFC 273 main card, scheduled to kick off at 10 pm ET from Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Volkanovski, who will be making his third title defense, has emerged as one of the most dominant fighters in the promotion. He is 10-0 since he joined the UFC and now ranks third in the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings. Jung, aka The Korean Zombie, gets his second shot at the title nine years after his first, a stoppage loss to former champion Jose Aldo.

Volkanovski is a -750 betting favorite (risk $750 to win $100), while Jung is priced at +525 in the latest UFC 273 odds from Caesars Sportsbook. In the co-main event, the bantamweight title is on the line as Petr Yan (-450) takes on Aljamain Sterling (+370) in a highly anticipated rematch. Before setting any choice of his own for UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie, be sure to check out MMA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine expert Andrew Gombas.

Gombas is a former NCAA wrestler who draws on his experience on the mat to dissect the X’s and O’s of MMA matchups in a way that sets him apart from other MMA analysts. He started the MMA MMA Knockout Bets handicap service in 2018 and has shown earnings every year since.

With over 1,400 picks tracked by third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, he has shown a 6 percent return on investment for his followers. In the last two years, his followers have made a net profit of more than $10,000.

Gombas kicked off the 2022 UFC season in January by telling SportsLine members to support Calvin Kattar (+200) against Giga Chikadze (-240) in a battle of ranked featherweight contenders in the main event. Kattar dominated end to end to give Gombas’ supporters an easy winner. Anyone who has followed him has already seen massive returns.

Now, with UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie closing in, Gombas has studied the card from all angles and released his best MMA picks. You can only watch Gombas’ UFC 273 picks on SportsLine.

UFC 273 preview: Volkanovski vs. Korean Zombie

Volkanovski (23-1) has quickly emerged from a promising contender to one of the most skilled fighters and dominant champions in the UFC. He currently ranks third in the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings behind middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman.

The former professional rugby player has displayed a fearsome striking game that is coupled with great endurance and resilience. He gained control of the division with two decision wins over popular former champion Max Holloway, who is now the top-ranked contender at featherweight.

Even though he already had two wins over Holloway, a trilogy bout was originally scheduled as Saturday’s main event, largely because their rematch at UFC 251 resulted in a split decision that many observers believed should have gone to Holloway. But Holloway pulled out due to nagging injuries to pave the way for fan-favorite Jung to get a title shot.

Following his title fight loss to Aldo, Jung (17-6) saw his MMA career derailed by mandatory military service in his native South Korea. The 35-year-old has won four of six since he returned to the UFC, with one of the losses coming by knockout with a second to go against World No. 3 Yair Rodriguez. The other loss was a lopsided decision against Ortega, ranked number 2.

Jung is known for his ability to deal damage and resist it in equal measure, with his nickname due to his penchant for walking through powerful blows to land a few of his own. He is coming off a lopsided decision win last June against Dan Ige, who is now ranked No. 10. You can only see who to endorse at UFC 273 on SportsLine.

UFC 273 expert predictions

We’ll reveal one of Gombas’s UFC 273 picks here: He’s picking Ian Garry (-380) to get the best of Darian Weeks (+310) in a pairing of welterweight prospects.

Garry (8-0) is an Irish seasoning fighter who has said he intends to follow the path of fellow countryman Conor McGregor and become a dominant UFC champion. The 34-year-old’s highly anticipated UFC debut resulted in a first-round knockout against fellow prospect Jordan Williams in November.

Weeks (5-1) earned a spot on the UFC roster following a 5-0 start to his MMA career in promotions like Legacy Fighting Alliance and Cageside Promotions, with each win coming by stoppage. The 28-year-old Missouri native lost a decision in his UFC debut against respected veteran Bryan Barberena.

“I think Ian Garry is better wherever this fight goes. The weeks can seem mixed with takedowns, but his fighting technique is nothing special. Garry has the best gas tank and is the most technical fighter,” Gombas told SportsLine.

How to make UFC 273 picks

Gombas also has strong picks for Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie and other fights on the UFC 273 card. He also endorses a fighter who “put on a master class performance” in his last fight to emerge with another dominant victory. Those UFC 273 picks are only available on SportsLine.

Who wins Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie? And which fighter is essential? Visit SportsLine now for the best detailed picks from UFC 273, all from the expert who’s earned over $10,000 in MMA picks in the last two years.and find out.

UFC 273 odds, fight card

Alexander Volkanovski (-750) vs. Chan Sung Jung (+525)
Petr Yan (-450) vs. Aljamain Sterling (+370)
Khamzat Chimaev (-550) vs. Gilbert Burns (+425)
Tecia Torres (-110) vs. Mackenzie Dern (-110)
Vinc Pichel (-135) vs. Mark Madsen (+115)
Anthony Hernandez (-200) vs. Josh Fremd (+175)
Raquel Pennington (-185) vs. Aspen Ladd (+165)
Piera Rodriguez (-130) vs. Kay Hansen (+110)
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (-150) vs. Marcin Tybura (+130)
Jared Vanderaa (-110) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (-110)
Julio Arce (-190) vs. Daniel Santos (+170)
Ian Garry (-380) vs. Darian Weeks (+310)
Mike Malott (-200) vs. Mickey Gall (+170)


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