UFC 273 Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie: Prelims Odds, Predictions, Picks

  • Main event is official as Volkanovski and Zombie make weight.
  • Julio Arce misses weight, fight is still on.

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Featured Prelim

Ian Garry vs Darian Weeks – Welterweight Division

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Ian “The Future” Garry TALE OF THE TAPE Darian Weeks
24 Age 28
6’3” / 191cm Height 5’11” / 180cm
74.0” / 188cm Reach 72.0” / 183cm
Ireland Nation USA
Sanford MMA Team Hulett House MMA
8-0-0 Record 5-1-0
-400

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Odds +300

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Probably the hottest prospect in the UFC right now, Ian Garry is coming off a spectacular first round KO win over Jordan Williams in his UFC debut. With one second left in the round, Garry closed the show with a devastating counter right. Darian Weeks UFC debut ended in a unanimous decision loss to Bryan Barberena, and a win over Ian Garry is exactly what he needs to get back on track. Both fighters possess knockout power and like to end fight early so expect fireworks from start to finish.

Our Pick

Ian Garry via KO/TKO/DQ in round 1 (+240)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Marcin Tybura – Heavyweight Division

Jairzinho “Bigi Boy”Rozenstruik TALE OF THE TAPE Marcin “Tybur” Tybura
34 Age 36
6’2” / 188cm Height 6’3” 191cm
78.0” / 198cm Reach 78.0” / 198cm
Suriname Nation Poland
American Top Team Team Ankos MMA
12-3-0 Record 22-7-0
-155

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Odds +135

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik is a veteran kickboxer and will have a huge advantage in the striking department over Macin Tybura who tends to mix in all the elements of MMA into his game. Both fighters are coming off a loss and desperately need to get back in the win column. Tybura will be looking to smother his opponent with his grappling and mix in some knees in the process, however Rozenstruik showed good grappling defense in his fight vs Curtis Blaydes and possesses devastating knockout power.

Our Pick

Jairzinho Rozenstruik via KO/TKO/DQ in round 3 (+1100)

Aspen Ladd vs Raquel Pennington – Women’s Bantamweight Division

Aspen Ladd TALE OF THE TAPE Raquel “Rocky” Pennington
27 Age 2
5’6” / 168cm Height 5’7” / 170cm
66.0” / 168cm Reach 67’5” / 171cm
USA Nation USA
MMA Gold Fight Team Team Altitude MMA
9-2-0 Record 13-9-0
+155

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Odds -180

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Aspen Ladd is currently on a two fight losing streak and seemed to lack confidence in her most recent bout where she lost to Norma Dumont via unanimous decision. Raquel Pennington has got some momentum behind her after racking up three wins in a row following a decision loss to Holly Holm. Pennington will consistently be pressuring her opponent and looking to win grappling exchanges against the cage.

Our Pick

Raquel Pennington via judges decision (-105)

Mickey Gall vs Mike Malott – Welterweight Division

Mickey Gall TALE OF THE TAPE Mike “Proper” Malott
30 Age 30
6;2” / 188cm Height 6’1” / 185cm
74.0” / 188cm Reach 73.0” / 185cm
USA Nation Canada
Gracie New Jersey Academy Team Team Alpha Male
7-4-0 Record 7-1-1
+150

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Odds -170

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Mickey Gall has been having mixed results as of late and is currently coming off a unanimous decision loss to Alex Morono. Mike Malott is on a three fight winning streak and won a UFC contract off of his most recent win in the contender series where he defeated Shimon Smotriktski via first round submission.

Our Pick

Mike Malott via submission in round 1 (+700)

Early Prelims

Vinc Pichel vs Mark Madsen – Lightweight Division

Vinc “From Hell” Pichel TALE OF THE TAPE Mark “The Olympian” Madsen
39 Age 37
5’10” / 178cm Height 5’8” / 173cm
72.0” 183cm Reach 72.0” / 183cm
USA Nation Denmark
Big John McCarthy’s Ultimate Training Academy Team Fight ready MMA
14-2-0 Record 11-0-0
-125

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Mark Madsen is a former olympic wrestler who is undefeated so far in MMA. He faces Vinc Pichel this time around, a UFC veteran with a sprawl and brawl fighting style. Pixel is currently on a three fight winning streak. Madsen recently defeated Clay Guida via split decision. While Madsen will be looking for consistent takedowns, it will be hard to keep Pichel there and do damage, so a judges decision is likely.

Our Pick

Mark Madsen via judges decision (+240)

Aleksei Oleinik vs Jared Vanderaa – Heavyweight Division

Aleksei “The Boa Constrictor” Oleinik TALE OF THE TAPE Jared “The Mountain” Vanderaa
44 Age 29
6’2” / 188cm Height 6’4” / 193cm
80.0” 203cm Reach 80.0” 203cm
Russia Nation USA
RusFighters MMA Team Dan Henderson’s Athletic Fitness Center
59-16-1 Record 12-7-0
+100

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Odds -120

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MMA veteran Aleksei Olenik was originally meant to face Ilir Latifi for this bout and has had a long training camp to prepare for this fight. Jared Vanderaa on the other hand has stepped up to take this fight on short notice and will have a major disadvantage in that regard. Oleynik will be looking to get the sixtieth win of his career in this fight and will be looking for the submission as he always does.

Our Pick

Aleksei Oleinik via submission in round one (+275)

Anthony Hernandez vs Josh Fremd – Middleweight Division

Anthony “Fluffy” Hernandez TALE OF THE TAPE Josh Fremd
28 Age 28
6’0” / 183cm Height 6’4” / 193cm
75.0” / 191cm Reach 76.5” / 194cm
USA Nation USA
MMA Gold Fight Team Team Factory X
8-2-0-1NC Record 9-2-0
-190

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Odds +160

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Another UFC debut here as Josh Fremd faces Anthony Hernandez as his first opponent. Having beaten Rodolfo Viera in shocking fashion in his last fight “Fluffy” Hernandez will be looking to spoil the fun for Fremd with another spectacular submission finish. Fremd is a fighter with multiple first round finishes and will be looking to end things early against his most formidable opponent yet.

Our Pick

Anthony Hernandez via submission round 1 (+275)

Piera Rodriguez vs Kay Hansen – Women’s Strawweight Division

Piera “La Fiera” Rodriguez TALE OF THE TAPE Kay Hansen
29 Age 22
5’3” / 161cm Height 5’2” / 157cm
63.5” / 161cm Reach 63.0” / 160cm
Venezuela Nation USA
Lilius Barnatt Martial Arts Team 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Buena Park
7-0-0 Record 7-5-0
-110

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Kay Hansen will have the experience advantage going into this fight where she welcomes undefeated prospect Piera Rodriguez into the UFC. Following her contender series unanimous decision win over Valeska Machado, “La Fiera” will look to keep the win streak going however this will undoubtedly be her most experienced opponent to date.

Our Pick

Kay Hansen by judges decision (+240)

Julio Arce vs Daniel Santos – Bantamweight Division

Julio Arce TALE OF THE TAPE Daniel “Willycat” Santos
32 Age 27
5’7” / 170cm Height 5”7 / 170cm
70.0” / 178cm Reach 70.0” / 178cm
USA Nation Brazil
Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts Team Chute Boxe Diego Lima
17-5-0 Record 10-1-0
-190
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Daniel Santos makes his UFC debut coming off a two fight win streak, however the young Brazilian prospect has been matched up with a seven fight UFC veteran in Julio Arce. While Arce is coming off a second round TKO loss to Song Yadong, he is the far more experienced fighter and has faced tougher opposition throughout his career so far.

Our Pick

Julio Arce by judges decision (+150)

UFC 273 Weigh-in results

Alexander Volkanovski 144.5 lbs vs Chan Sung Jung 144.5 lbs

Aljamain Sterling 134.5 lbs vs Petr Yan 134 lbs

Gilbert Burns 170 lbs vs Khamzat Chimaev 170 lbs

Mackenzie Dern 115.5 lbs vs Tecia Torres 115.5 lbs

Vinc Pichel 155.5 lbs vs Mark Madsen 155 lbs

Prelims

Ian Garry 170.5 lbs vs Darian Weeks 170.5 lbs

Jairzinho Rozenstruik 252.5 lbs vs Marcin Tybura 253 lbs

Aspen Ladd 136 lbs vs Raquel Pennington 134.5 lbs

Mickey Gall 170.5 lbs vs Mike Malott 170.5 lbs

Early Prelims

Aleksei Oleinik 244 lbs vs Jared Vanderaa 266 lbs

Anthony Hernandez 186 lbs vs Josh Fremd 185.5 lbs

Piera Rodriguez 115 lbs vs Kay Hansen 118.5 lbs

Julio Arce 136.5 lbs vs Daniel Santos 135 lbs

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How to Watch UFC 273

UFC 273 Information
Event UFC 273: Volkanovski vs The Korean Zombie
Location VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Date / Time Saturday, April 9, 18:00 EST
How to watch ESPN, ESPN+

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