Ilia topuria, a rising Georgian contender who will be making his first featherweight title charge at UFC 298 next March, has said that Alexander Volkanovski, the current gold-holder, stands no chance to escape Anaheim, California, with his title when their fight concludes.
Topuria, the current number five ranked featherweight contender, most recently headlined a UFC Fight Night Jacksonville card back in June – earning Fight of the Night honors in a unanimous decision shutout win over former interim title chaser, Josh Emmett earlier this summer.
And as for Volkanovski, the undisputed featherweight champion, most recently headlined UFC 294 back in October, suffering a stunning opening round high-kick KO loss to lightweight titleholder, Islam Makhachev in the pair’s title rematch in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
In his most recent featherweight appearance, New South Wales favorite, Volkanovski turned in a successful championship unification win over then-interim gold holder, Yair Rodríguez – and formally held the top spot on the pound-for-pound ranking totem pole.
Ilia Topuria is determined to take Alexander Volkanovski’s title.
Topuria’s UFC team claimed earlier in the month that Topuria needed to be humbled.