After a week hiatus, the UFC returns Saturday to open its April schedule with UFC 273, which takes place at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+.
A championship doubleheader takes center stage atop the card. In the main event, Alexander Volkanovski (23-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) is set to put his featherweight title on the line against Chan Sung Jung (17-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC). The co-main event will see bantamweight titleholder Aljamain Sterling (20-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) meet interim champion Petr Yan (16-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in a unification bout rematch.
Several other ranked and notable fighters are scheduled to compete at UFC 273, as well, and for more on the numbers, check below for 70 pre-event facts.
Volkanovski is the only Australian-born champion in UFC history.
Volkanovski enters the event on a 20-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.
Volkanovski’s 20-fight winning streak in MMA competition is the longest among active UFC fighters.
Volkanovski is one of five fighters in UFC history to start 10-0 with the promotion. Anderson Silva, Kamaru Usman, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Royce Gracie also accomplished the feat.
Volkanovski’s eight-fight UFC winning streak at featherweight is the second-longest active streak in the division behind Arnold Allen (nine).
Volkanovski’s average fight time of 17:24 in UFC featherweight competition is the longest in divisional history.
Volkanovski lands 56.2 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC featherweight competition, the second-best accuracy rate in divisional history behind Jimmy Hettes (57.3 percent).
Volkanovski lands 6.59 significant strikes per minute in UFC featherweight competition, the fourth-best output rate in divisional history behind Billy Quarantillo (8.07), Shane Burgos (7.95) and Max Holloway (7.33).
Chan Sung Jung
Chan Sung Jung
Jung competes in his ninth consecutive UFC headliner. He’s 5-3 in previous main events.
Jung is the only South Korean fighter in history to challenge for a UFC title. He lost to then-champ Jose Aldo at UFC 163 in August 2013.
Jung is 4-2 since he returned from a more than three-year layoff from competition in February 2017.
Jung has earned 15 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. That includes six of his seven UFC wins.
Jung’s six stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third-most in divisional history behind Holloway (10) and Ricardo Lamas (seven).
Jung’s 6.2-second knockout of Mark Hominick at UFC 140 is the third fastest knockout in UFC history behind Jorge Masvidal’s five-second win at UFC 239 and Duane Ludwig’s six-second finish at UFC Fight Night 3.
Jung is one of two featherweights in UFC/WEC combined history to earn multiple knockout wins in less than one minute. Dan Ige also accomplished the fear.
Jung registered the first twister submission finish in UFC history when he defeated Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night 24. Bryce Mitchell has the only other finish using the technique in company history.
Jung’s eight fight-night bonuses for UFC featherweight bouts are tied for third-most in divisional history behind Holloway (nine) and Cub Swanson (nine).
Jung is the only fighter in UFC history to earn eight total bonuses in his first eight octagon appearances.
Sterling is one of five fighters in UFC history to hold the undisputed bantamweight title.
Sterling’s six-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied with Merab Dvalishvili for the the longest active streak in the division.
Sterling’s 11 victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for the second most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (13).
Sterling’s six stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are fourth-most in divisional history behind Marlon Vera (nine), Dillashaw (eight) and Urijah Faber (seven).
Sterling’s four submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third-most in divisional history behind Faber (six) and Rani Yahya (five).
Yan became the first fighter in UFC history to lose a title by disqualification against Sterling at UFC 259.
Yan is one of two fighters in UFC history to hold the interim and undisputed bantamweight titles. Renan Barao also accomplished the feat.
Yan’s 10 knockdowns landed in UFC bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.
Yan and Cory Sandhagen combined for 318 significant strikes landed at UFC 267, the single-fight UFC bantamweight record.
Yan is the only bantamweight in UFC history with top five ranking in offensive and defensive takedown statistics after at least five divisional appearances.
Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev
Gilbert Burns (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) is 5-1 since he returned to the welterweight division in August 2019. He’s 6-1 when fighting at the weight class.
Khamzat Chimaev (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has earned all 10 of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished seven of those wins in Round 1.
Chimaev’s two UFC victories in a 10-day span marks the fastest stretch in company history.
Chimaev’s three UFC victories in a 66-day span marks the fastest stretch in company history.
Chimaev’s four-fight UFC stoppage streak is tied for third-longest among active fighters on the roster behind Tai Tuivasa (five) and Tom Aspinall (five).
Chimaev has absorbed just one significant strike through four UFC appearances.
Chimaev has outlanded his opponents 112-1 in significant strikes and 254-2 to total strikes through four UFC appearances.
Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres
Mackenzie Dern’s (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) four stoppage victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied with Jessica Andrade for second-most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (five).
Dern’s four submission victories in UFC strawweight competition are the most in divisional history.
Dern’s four submission victories in UFC competition are second-most of any female in company history behind Gillian Robertson (five).
Dern’s four fight-night bonuses for UFC strawweight bouts are tied for third most in divisional history behind Andrade (seven) and Namajunas (six).
Dern has received a fight-night bonus in four of her past five UFC appearances.
Tecia Torres (13-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC) competes in her 15th UFC strawweight bout, the third-most appearances in divisional history behind Angela Hill (19) and Randa Markos (18).
Torres’ nine victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied with Carla Esparza for second-most in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10).
Torres has earned 12 of her 13 career victories by decision.
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Marcin Tybura
Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all of those wins by knockout.
Rozenstruik’s nine-second knockout at UFC on ESPN+ 12 is the second-fastest in UFC heavyweight history behind Todd Duffee’s seven-second finish at UFC 102.
Rozenstruik’s knockout of Alistair Overeem at the 4:56 mark of Round 5 at UFC on ESPN 7 marked the third latest stoppage in UFC history behind Demetrious Johnson’s win (4:59 of Round 5) at UFC 186 and Yair Rodriguez’s victory (4:59 of Round 5) at UFC Fight Night 139.
Marcin Tybura (22-7 MMA, 9-6 UFC) defends 82.1 percent of opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the best rate in divisional history.
Aspen Ladd vs. Raquel Pennington
Aspen Ladd (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) returns to the women’s bantamweight division after a one-fight stint at featherweight.
Ladd’s three knockout victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for the second-most in divisional history behind Amanda Nunes (six).
Raquel Pennington (13-8 MMA, 10-5 UFC) competes in her 15th UFC women’s bout, the most appearances in divisional history.
Pennington’s total fight time of 3:22:33 in UFC women’s bantamweight competition is most in divisional history.
Pennington’s nine victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Nunes (11).
Pennington’s seven decision victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are most in divisional history.
Pennington’s two submission victories in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied for second-most in divisional history behind Ronda Rousey (three).
Pennington is one of six fighters in UFC history to earn a bulldog-choke submission victory. She accomplished the feat against Ashlee-Evans Smith at UFC 181.
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott
Mickey Gall (7-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past eight fights. He was defeated in his most recent bout at UFC on ESPN 31 in December.
Gall has earned six of his seven career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all of those wins by submission.
Gall’s five submission victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for fourth-most in divisional history behind Demian Maia (six), Gunnar Nelson (six) and Chris Lytle (six).
Gall’s five rear-naked choke submission wins in UFC competition are tied for third-most in company history behind Maia (nine) and Kenny Florian (seven).
Vinc Pichel vs. Mark Madsen
Vinc Pichel (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is 5-1 since he returned from a career-long layoff that lasted from May 2014 to June 2017.
Pichel has earned six of his seven UFC victories by decision.
Pichel lands 54.8 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC lightweight competition, the second-highest rate among active fighters in the division behind Islam Makhachev (66.7 percent).
Aleksei Oleinik vs. Jared Vanderaa
Aleksei Oleinik’s (59-16-1 MMA, 8-7 UFC), 44, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC heavyweight division and is the oldest of all fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Oleinik was the first fighter in MMA history to earn victories in four different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s).
Oleinik’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since May 2020.
Oleinik has earned 54 of his 59 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his eight UFC wins.
Oleinik has earned 46 of his 54 career stoppage victories by submission.
Oleinik’s six submission victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Stefan Struve for second most in divisional history behind Mir (eight).
Oleinik has earned two of the three Ezekiel-choke submission victories in UFC history. He accomplished the feat at UFC 224 and UFC Fight Night 103. Remco Pardoel also won with the technique at UFC 2.
Anthony Hernandez vs. Josh Fremd
Anthony Hernandez (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is the only fighter in UFC history to earn a victory and suffer a loss by anaconda choke submission.