UFC world erupts over staggering moment in Alex Volkanovski triumph

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Pictured left, Alexander Volkanovski checks if 'The Korean Zombie' really wants to keep fighting in the fourth round.
Alexander Volkanovski checked if his opponent really wanted to continue fighting in the fourth round before continuing his brutal beat-down. Pic: Main Event/Getty

Australia's Alexander Volkanovski demonstrated his true class during an absolute domination of Chan Sung Jung, aka 'The Korean Zombie', during their featherweight title fight at UFC 273 in Jacksonville.

Volkanovski outclassed the Zombie in every area of the game and stopped him at 45 seconds of the fourth round on what was essentially a mercy call by referee Herb Dean.

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Jung was in serious jeopardy after the third, having been hit by two of every three significant strikes Volkanovski threw.

Volkanovski landed 72 of 108 significant strikes and 83 of 120 total strikes. He also landed three of six takedown attempts.

Jung had no answer in any area. Volkanovski was quicker, more accurate and had more weapons in his arsenal. It was little more than target practice.

The Aussie champion provided such a brutal beat-down on the Zombie's face at the end of the third round that commentators were sure the referee was going to end the fight before the fourth.

In a moment that left viewers in awe, a merciful Volkanovski could be seen saying to his opponent: "Are you sure?" before he continued the onslaught in the fourth round.

It didn't take long for referee Dean to spare the Zombie from further punishment by ending the fight in the fourth, as fans praised Volkanovski for his incredible display.

Alex Volkanovski 'on another level'

“I told you before this fight, I’m on another level now,” Volkanovski said.

“I can’t be stopped and I showed that. He took a lot more [punishment] than I wanted him to, but that’s the game we’re in.”

Volkanovski has now won 21 in a row overall and 24 of 25 in his MMA career and sits atop what is arguably the UFC’s best division.

He has an insatiable desire to win and an amazing work ethic.

There are no shortcuts or secrets to his success.

“It’s just drive,” Volkanovski said. “It’s drive to be better, always to be better. You can be better everywhere. I just keep looking for ways to improve.”

Pictured right, Australia's Alexander Volkanovski punches South Korea's Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 in Jacksonville.
Australia's Alexander Volkanovski punches South Korea's Chan Sung Jung in their featherweight title fight at UFC 273 in Jacksonville.

Jung said he entered the fight more confident than he’d ever been. But he was never in it and his face showed the beating he took.

He said he’s going to mull his options.

“After every loss, I think about leaving the Octagon and leaving this MMA game,” he said. “I’ll need more time to think on it to see if I’ll continue fighting or leave the Octagon.”

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