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UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. Korean Zombies full fight card announced

The UFC returns to Jacksonville, Fla. on April 9 with two title fights atop a stacked card.

Tuesday’s promotion announced the full fight lineup for the spring event, which is headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Alexander Volkanovski and The Korean Zombie (otherwise known as Chan Sung Jung). A rematch for the bantamweight title between champion Aljamain Sterling and interim titleholder Petr Yan co-titles.

The UFC 273 main card takes place at VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena and airs on ESPN+ pay-per-view after the prelims on ESPN, ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass. The event comes 12 months after the promotion’s last trip to Jacksonville, UFC 261, last April.

The title tilts were originally scheduled to headline UFC 272 on March 5, but they were moved after Volkanovski’s original opponent, former champion Max Holloway, was dropped from the event. Jung stepped in as a replacement after a host of top featherweights called for a title shot.

Sterling and Yan were originally scheduled to meet at UFC 267, but a lingering neck injury forced Sterling to pull out, prompting the promotion to set up an interim title fight between Yan and Cory Sandhagen, which Yan won by decision. Yan’s undisputed title was captured by Sterling via disqualification in their first encounter at UFC 258 when he landed an illegal knee that rendered Sterling unable to continue.

Here is the full UFC 273 fight card card:

Main Card (10 p.m. ET on ESPN + pay-per-view)

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung

Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan

Mackenzie Dern vs Tecia Torres

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdin Imavov

Irene Aldana vs. Aspen Ladd

Preliminary card (6:15 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN+, and UFC Fight Pass)

Ian Garry vs. Darian Weeks

Dricus DuPlessis vs. Chris Curtis

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs Marcin Tybura

Albert Duraev vs. Anthony Hernandez

Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott

Gavin Tucker vs. Pat Sabatini

Julio Arce vs. Daniel Santos

Vinc Pichel vs. Mark Madsen

Piera Rodriguez vs. Kay Hansen