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Title challenger Topuria vows to ‘dominate’ Volkanovski at UFC 298

The unbeaten Ilia Topuria says that his title fight against featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski that headlines this month’s UFC 298 card is little more than a formality. The 27-year-old, unbeaten in 14 professional bouts (with six of those taking place in the UFC’s cage), will seek to score his biggest career win against 145-pound icon

Title challenger Topuria vows to ‘dominate’ Volkanovski at UFC 298

The unbeaten Ilia Topuria says that his title battle towards featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski that headlines this month’s UFC 298 card is little greater than a formality.

The 27-year-old, unbeaten in 14 skilled bouts (with six of these going down within the UFC’s cage), will search to attain his greatest profession win towards 145-pound icon Volkanovski on February 17 in Anaheim, California. And regardless of the Australian being close to faultless at 145-pounds, Topuria predicts that the champion gained’t have a solution to the questions he’ll pose.

“It’s going to be a first-round knockout. You will note,” Topuria mentioned on Monday’s version of The MMA Hour, by way of MMA Preventing.

“He’s saying loads of bullsh*t, ‘There’s ranges, I’ve this and I’ve that, dah, dah, dah.’ You’re proper, there are ranges. There are ranges, then there may be me. I’m going to point out you the place the degrees are. I’m going to dominate him in every single place. I’m going to make him appear to be a punching bag. You will note. I will likely be dancing Feb. 17.”

Volkanovski will enter the battle having misplaced two of this previous three fights — each at light-weight to champion Islam Makhachev — and Topuria means that the proof later this month will present that the 35-year-old champ is on the wane.

“You’re speaking to one of the best fighter on the earth,” he mentioned. “I’m one of the best. He is likely one of the greatest. You need to give him his credit score. He was an incredible champion, he was pound-for-pound No. 1. He was one of many biggest, with none doubt. One of many greats within the featherweight division, and he’ll all the time be remembered like that, like one of many biggest on this division.

“And I’m blissful to be the person who’s going to offer him the unhealthy information on Feb. 17: He’s outdated. It’s time to maneuver on. It’s time for the brand new technology. He’s outdated. He already misplaced. He has all of the indicators that he has to retire. He had his moments on this sport and now it’s time to maneuver on. It’s time for the brand new blood, and I signify the brand new technology. I signify the evolution of blended martial arts.”

And if, or moderately when from Topuria’s perspective no less than, he turns into the brand new titleholder at 145-pounds, he mentioned that he doesn’t know the id of his subsequent opponent — however he is aware of who it gained’t be.

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“The way in which I’m going to beat him, they aren’t even going to ask me a couple of rematch,” Topuria mentioned.

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