Alexander Volkanovski has the date for his subsequent title protection.
The reigning featherweight champion faces high contender Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 on Feb. 17 (Feb. 18 in Volkanovski’s native Australia), the promotion introduced Wednesday.
It is usually not but recognized if Volkanovski vs. Topuria is the finalized principal occasion.
Initially rumored to be competing at UFC 297 in January in Toronto, Volkanovski as an alternative jumped on a short-notice alternative this previous October to rematch light-weight champion Islam Makhachev at UFC 294. After incomes an in depth resolution win over Volkanovski of their first assembly at UFC 284, Makhachev shut the door on the rivalry with a first-round knockout of their second assembly.
Regardless of these setbacks, Volkanovski (26-3) stays the person to beat at 145 kilos. The Australian star has by no means misplaced at featherweight and appears to defend his UFC title for a sixth consecutive time when he fights Topuria in February. He made it 5 straight profitable defenses when he defeated Yair Rodriguez by third-round TKO this previous July.
Volkanovski at present sits at No. 2 in MMA Fighting’s Pound-for-Pound rankings.
Topuria (14-0) has received all six of his UFC outings, with 4 of these fights ending inside the gap. In his most up-to-date bout, Topuria earned a lopsided resolution win over Josh Emmett to cement himself as the subsequent man in line to problem Volkanovski. He’s tied with Rodriguez for the No. 3 spot at 145 kilos within the MMA Fighting Global Rankings.