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Morning Report: Ilia Topuria targets Max Holloway in September earlier than ‘greatest battle in MMA historical past’ vs. Conor McGregor

Ilia Topuria is ready to defend his UFC featherweight title. From the moment Max Holloway flatlined Justin Gaethje and became the new BMF champion at UFC 300, the world was anticipating what would be next for “Blessed.” The proud fighting Hawaiian quickly made it clear he had an interest in recapturing his previously held 145-pound

Morning Report: Ilia Topuria targets Max Holloway in September earlier than ‘greatest battle in MMA historical past’ vs. Conor McGregor

Ilia Topuria is able to defend his UFC featherweight title.

From the second Max Holloway flatlined Justin Gaethje and have become the brand new BMF champion at UFC 300, the world was anticipating what can be subsequent for “Blessed.” The proud combating Hawaiian shortly made it clear he had an curiosity in recapturing his beforehand held 145-pound title regardless of the transfer up in weight. That very same night time, Topuria agreed that was the battle.

The pair have had some fascinating verbal exchanges because the fast fallout of UFC 300 final month. Nevertheless, “El Matador” is remaining insistent on going through Holloway subsequent although he’s threatened to maneuver on with out him if essential. Ideally, Topuria targets a September return, and if not in opposition to Holloway, one thing by the tip of the 12 months in order that he can battle in Spain to start out 2025.

After a predicted large win in title protection No. 1, Topuria desires a “Infamous” sort of matchup.

“I hope to defend the belt with Max Holloway, after which I wanna battle with Conor McGregor, hopefully,” Topuria informed Sportskeeda. “If he wins his upcoming battle, that’s the battle I’m on the lookout for. Hopefully, it’s gonna occur. It’s gonna be the largest battle in MMA historical past. The most important ticket [seller], greatest pay-per-view, greatest every thing. We’re gonna have like 80,000 folks watching the battle within the area.

“There’s all the time the primary time [for a knockout]. That is going to be the primary time that somebody goes to knock him (Holloway) out, and I’m the one who’s gonna try this. I see the primary time we’re gonna begin to trade the arms, I’m gonna take his lights out, for certain. I do know that. I simply want one clear punch and I’ve the facility to place him to sleep.”

McGregor coincidentally took some scathing and considerably stunning pictures on the featherweight champion earlier this week. Labeling Topuria an Artem Lobov-esque “little r*tard,” McGregor said how he appears to be like at Topuria as a “non-champion” who will get “picked aside” by Holloway in a possible battle.

If a battle between McGregor and Topuria have been ever to occur, it could doubtless should be at light-weight as McGregor’s upcoming return takes place at welterweight in opposition to Michael Chandler subsequent month. After all, that requires each of them to win their subsequent fights which shall be simpler mentioned than executed.

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Finally, Topuria desires to make historical past and accomplish that within the greatest fights conceivable. He hasn’t talked as a lot about changing into a double champion as others, aside from the BMF crown. Down the road, the champion admits an Islam Makhachev light-weight title battle could possibly be fascinating.

“Perhaps [I could fight Makhachev] sooner or later,” Topuria mentioned. “Proper now I simply see the Max Holloway battle, the Conor battle. Perhaps if [Makhachev] retains defending the belt and he retains changing into greater and greater and greater, possibly sooner or later we will see that battle too. However for the second, for proper now, he’s not on my listing.”


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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Andre Lima (8-0) vs. Mitch Raposo (9-1); UFC 302, June 1

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Issues will get extremely fascinating for Topuria if he does pull off a Holloway win. Particularly if it’s a knockout. He’s setting himself to keep away from something that isn’t thought of “large” even when it’s a logical title protection like a Movsar Evloev or whomever.

Thanks for studying!


EXIT POLL

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Which battle would Ilia Topuria be extra more likely to get?

This ballot is closed

  • 49%
    Islam Makhachev

    (241 votes)

  • 14%
    Conor McGregor

    (71 votes)

  • 36%



488 votes whole

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