UFC 273: Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie main card staff predictions

Can Alexander Volkanovski successfully defend his title once again? Will Petr Yan become the new UFC bantamweight champion? The predictions from the MMA Empire team, along with our guest picker, can be found below for the six-fight main card.

Our guest picker for this event is Canadian bantamweight fighter Gino Ghalehpardaz (1-1). After dropping his professional debut in 2019 and having a pair of fights fall through since then, Ghalehpardaz picked up his first professional win at BTC 14 in March. Keep an eye out for his next appearance in 2022.

2022 standings thru UFC on ESPN 33

T1. Joe McDonagh (39-15) 122-99-3 in 2021

T1. Dylan Bowker (39-15) 113-108-3 in 2021

3. Cody Rempel (38-16) 134-87-3 in 2021

T4. Kylan Knowler (37-17) 128-93-3 in 2021

T4. Cooper Riehl (37-17) 136-85-3 in 2021

6. Cole Shelton (36-18) 138-83-3 in 2021 *Champion

T7. Joel Griffith (35-19) 135-86-3 in 2021

T7. Jason Hagholm (35-19) N/A in 2021

9. Guest picker (30-24) 115-106-3 in 2021

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung

Joe McDonagh: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Chan Sung Jung via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Alexander Volkanovski via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Alexander Volkanovski via TKO.

Joel Griffith: Alexander Volkanovski via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Alexander Volkanovski via TKO.

Gino Ghalehpardaz: Alexander Volkanovski via TKO.

Picks – Alexander Volkanovski: 8, Chan Sung Jung: 1

Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan

Joe McDonagh: Petr Yan via knockout.

Dylan Bowker: Petr Yan via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Petr Yan via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Petr Yan via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Petr Yan via decision.

Cole Shelton: Petr Yan via decision.

Joel Griffith: Petr Yan via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Petr Yan via decision.

Gino Ghalehpardaz: Petr Yan via decision.

Picks – Aljamain Sterling: 0, Petr Yan: 9

Gilbert Burns vs. Khamzat Chimaev

Joe McDonagh: Gilbert Burns via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Cody Rempel: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Kylan Knowler: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Cooper Riehl: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Khamzat Chimaev via knockout.

Joel Griffith: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Jason Hagholm: Khamzat Chimaev via submission.

Gino Ghalehpardaz: Khamzat Chimaev via TKO.

Picks – Gilbert Burns: 1, Khamzat Chimaev: 8

Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres

Joe McDonagh: Mackenzie Dern via submission.

Dylan Bowker: Mackenzie Dern via decision.

Cody Rempel: Mackenzie Dern via submission.

Kylan Knowler: Mackenzie Dern via submission.

Cooper Riehl: Mackenzie Dern via submission.

Cole Shelton: Tecia Torres via decision.

Joel Griffith: Tecia Torres via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Mackenzie Dern via decision.

Gino Ghalehpardaz: Mackenzie Dern via submission.

Picks – Mackenzie Dern: 7, Tecia Torres: 2

Vinc Pichel vs. Mark Madsen

Joe McDonagh: Vinc Pichel via decision.

Dylan Bowker: Mark Madsen via decision.

Cody Rempel: Mark Madsen via decision.

Kylan Knowler: Mark Madsen via decision.

Cooper Riehl: Vinc Pichel via TKO.

Cole Shelton: Mark Madsen via decision.

Joel Griffith: Mark Madsen via decision.

Jason Hagholm: Mark Madsen via decision.

Gino Ghalehpardaz: Vinc Pichel via decision.

Picks – Vinc Pichel: 3, Mark Madsen: 6