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Daniel Cormier: Ilia Topuria setting himself up for Conor McGregor-like ascent if he delivers guarantees at UFC 298

February 9, 2024 7:40 pm ET Daniel Cormier thinks Ilia Topuria could have a massive breakout moment at UFC 298. Topuria (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) challenges featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (26-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) in the Feb. 17 headliner at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Undefeated Topuria’s confidence has been sky-high ahead of his title

Daniel Cormier: Ilia Topuria setting himself up for Conor McGregor-like ascent if he delivers guarantees at UFC 298


Daniel Cormier thinks Ilia Topuria might have a large breakout second at UFC 298.

Topuria (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) challenges featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski (26-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) within the Feb. 17 headliner at Honda Heart in Anaheim, Calif.

Undefeated Topuria’s confidence has been sky-high forward of his title shot towards five-time defending champion Volkanovski. Not solely did he already replace his social media bio to champion, he predicted a first-round knockout, and has already dismissed Max Holloway, Yair Rodriguez, and Brian Ortega as title challengers.

“It looks as if all (Topuria) needs to do is put stress on himself,” Cormier mentioned on his YouTube channel. “This dude has now mentioned he’s releasing a film on turning into the champion of the world. This dude has up to date his bio with one other win and he’s now the UFC featherweight champion.

“This dude has said he needs to combat in the identical stadium the place Actual Madrid performs soccer in Spain, This dude has mentioned to anybody that can hear how Alexander Volkanovski can’t compete with him. Most individuals underneath these circumstances wish to launch the stress – not this dude.”

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Whereas many assume Topuria is doubtlessly setting himself up for an enormous fall, Cormier thinks a win might skyrocket his profession the identical means Conor McGregor did when he dethroned Jose Aldo with a 13-second knockout.

“This jogs my memory of Conor about to combat Jose Aldo,” Cormier mentioned. “He advised you, and he was so positive that he was going to get it performed that you simply knew that if it occurred, he would develop into a star that we had by no means seen within the UFC earlier than or in preventing. So when it occurred, he went to the moon. I really feel like Ilia Topuria is setting himself as much as have that kind of ascent if he can ship on all the guarantees that he’s making.”

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