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Ilia Topuria
Ilia Topuria

Ilia Topuria is predicting a “masterpiece” against Alex Volkanovski at UFC 298: “It will be one of the easier fights of my career”

Harry Kettle - December 9, 2023

UFC contender Ilia Topuria has predicted a masterpiece of a performance ahead of his fight against Alexander Volkanovski. At UFC 298 in February, Ilia Topuria will challenge Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC featherweight championship. While some feel as if this is too quick, others expect him to put up a really good showing against the champion.

Alexander Volkanovski
UFC

Alexander Volkanovski feels Ilia Topuria may have been "rushed" into UFC 298 title fight: "I just haven’t seen that elite stuff yet"

Fernando Quiles - December 7, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski doesn’t exactly agree with others who say that Ilia Topuria is already on an elite level. Topuria will be in for the biggest fight of his pro MMA career when he takes on Volkanovski for the UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 298 on February 17, 2024. Up to this point, Topuria has garnered a pro MMA record of 14-0. He’s coming off a unanimous decision victory over Josh Emmett, which earned him a “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Aljamain Sterling and Alexander Volkanovski
Aljamain Sterling

Alexander Volkanovski reveals easy way for Aljamain Sterling to secure title shot; "It's that simple"

Josh Evanoff - December 6, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is willing to give Aljamain Sterling a title shot if he beats Max Holloway. ‘The Great’ is currently slated to return at UFC 298 next February against Ilia Topuria. For Alexander Volkanovski, the bout will be his first since a knockout loss to Islam Makhachev in October. It also comes at a time, when the division is welcoming a former champion in the form of Aljamain Sterling. He made the announcement late last month, ending speculation about his future.

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Ilia Topuria

Alexander Volkanovski vows to embarrass Ilia Topuria in UFC 298 return: "I am still that guy"

Josh Evanoff - December 5, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is out to prove a point against Ilia Topuria. ‘The Great’ has been out of the cage since a short-notice rematch with Islam Makhachev in October. There, Alexander Volkanovski suffered his second loss to the lightweight champion, this time by stoppage. Following the bout, he called for a fast turnaround against Ilia Topuria in January.

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Ilia Topuria

Ilia Topuria details the key “advantage” he will have over Alex Volkanovski at UFC 298

Susan Cox - November 23, 2023

Ilia Topuria is detailing the key ‘advantage’ he will have over Alex Volkanovski at UFC 298. UFC 298 will take place on Saturday, February 17th at a TBD venue in Los Angeles, California.

Ilia Topuria
Ilia Topuria

Ilia Topuria already eyeing Max Holloway after Alexander Volkanovski: "It's going to happen"

Josh Evanoff - November 23, 2023

UFC featherweight contender Ilia Topuria wants Alexander Volkanovski, then he wants Max Holloway in Spain. ‘El Matador’ and ‘The Great’ are currently slated to face off at UFC 298 in February. That bout will be Alexander Volkanovski’s first since a knockout loss to Islam Makhachev in October. Due to that knockout defeat, there were questions if the featherweight champion would be able to fight Ilia Topuria in early 2024.

Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski
Ilia Topuria

Alexander Volkanovski looking forward to humbling Ilia Topuria at UFC 298: "The man to do that"

Josh Evanoff - November 10, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski believes he’s the right man to humble Ilia Topuria. ‘The Great’ has been out of action since a short-notice rematch with Islam Makhachev last month. The lightweight champion was first expected to face Charles Oliveira, but ‘Do Bronx’ withdrew due to injury. As a result, Alexander Volkanovski stepped up on two weeks notice.

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Opening odds released for newly announced title fights at UFC 297, UFC 298 and UFC 299

Harry Kettle - November 7, 2023

A string of odds have been released in the wake of an announcement made by Dana White regarding UFC’s first three PPV main events of the year. Last night, Dana White made a string of blockbuster announcements regarding the first few pay-per-view events of the year for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo advises Alexander Volkanovski to “humble himself” and avoid fighting for the next six months

Harry Kettle - October 25, 2023

Former UFC champion Henry Cejudo has given Alexander Volkanovski some advice following his loss at UFC 294. Last weekend, Alexander Volkanovski fell short in the main event of UFC 294. He went up against Islam Makhachev for the second time, but once again, he was defeated. This time, however, it was via knockout, leaving many to wonder what Volkanovski’s next steps will be.

Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski.
Ilia Topuria

Alexander Volkanovski confirms plans for short-notice turnaround against Ilia Topuria: "I don't need a break"

Josh Evanoff - October 24, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is still planning to fight Ilia Topuria in January. ‘The Great’ is fresh off his short-notice clash with Islam Makhachev on Saturday night. Just two weeks ahead of UFC 294, Alexander Volkanovski stepped up for a rematch with the lightweight champion. Famously, the featherweight titleholder was reportedly about to enter training camp for a January bout with Ilia Topuria.

Tyson Fury and Alexander Volkanovski
Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury sends Alexander Volkanovski support after loss to Islam Makhachev: "Get back in there and kick ass!"

Josh Evanoff - October 24, 2023

Tyson Fury has sent Alexander Volkanovski some support after his loss at UFC 294. ‘The Great’ returned to the octagon over the weekend for a rematch with Islam Makhachev. In February, Alexander Volkanovski stepped up to face the lightweight champion, suffering a unanimous decision loss. However, stepping up on short notice, circumstances were much different heading into Saturday’s clash.

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Islam Makhachev

Alexander Volkanovski appreciates fan support after admitting mental struggles at UFC 294: "It's good for awareness"

Josh Evanoff - October 24, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has broken his silence after his loss to Islam Makhachev. On Saturday night, ‘The Great’ returned on less than two weeks’ notice to headline UFC 294. There, Alexander Volkanovski moved up to lightweight for yet another clash with Islam Makhachev. In February, the two put on one of the best fights of the year, with the Russian retaining his gold by unanimous decision.

Islam Makhachev

What's next for the stars of UFC 294?

Cole Shelton - October 23, 2023

The UFC returned to Abu Dhabi on Saturday for a solid UFC 294 card that somehow got better after both the main and co-main events were changed on less than two weeks’ notice. In the main event of UFC 294, Islam Makhachev was looking to defend his lightweight title for the second time as he was rematching featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski. The co-main event saw Khamzat Chimaev and Kamaru Usman fight at middleweight.

Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski
Islam Makhachev

Islam Makhachev urges Alexander Volkanovski to "take some rest" and not fight in January after knockout loss

Cole Shelton - October 23, 2023

Islam Makhachev is hopeful that Alexander Volkanovski won’t return to action in January. Volkanovski stepped up on 11 days’ notice to rematch Makhachev in the main event of UFC 294. Before taking the fight, Volkanovski was rumored to face Ilia Topuria in January to defend his featherweight title but decided to jump on the chance to rematch Makhachev.

Israel Adesanya and Alexander Volkanovski
Islam Makhachev

Watch Israel Adesanya’s live reaction to Islam Makhachev knocking out Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294

Harry Kettle - October 23, 2023

Israel Adesanya has released his reaction video to Alexander Volkanovski’s loss against Islam Makhachev. Last weekend in the main event of UFC 294, Islam Makhachev knocked out Alexander Volkanovski. He did so in brutal fashion, landing a stunning head kick before finishing off with some ground and pound. It was a result that shocked many in terms of how the finish came, but regarding the winner, Makhachev was always going to be seen as the heavy favorite with this being a short notice bout.

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UFC

Alex Volkanovski couldn't pull the trigger in UFC 294 rematch with Islam Makhachev: "It just felt a little weird"

Fernando Quiles - October 22, 2023

Alex Volkanovski admits he hesitated in his UFC 294 rematch against Islam Makhachev and he paid for it. Volkanovski stepped up on short notice to challenge Makhachev for the UFC Lightweight Championship this past Saturday (October 21). “The Great” replaced an injured Charles Oliveira. Fight fans were eagerly anticipating the rematch, as the first encounter between Makhachev and Volkanovski was a thrilling five-round war. The rematch played out far differently.

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Islam Makhachev

Pros react after Islam Makhachev KO's Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 294

Chris Taylor - October 21, 2023

Today’s UFC 294 event was headlined by a lightweight title fight rematch between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski. Makhachev (25-1 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since scoring a highly debated unanimous decision victory over Volkanovski this past February at UFC 284. Prior to that, the Russian standout had earned a submission win over Charles Oliveira to capture the promotion’s vacant lightweight title at UFC 280.

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Islam Makhachev

UFC 294 Results: Islam Makhachev stops Alexander Volkanovski in Round 1 (Video)

Chris Taylor - October 21, 2023

We have you covered for all of today’s UFC 294 results, including the main event rematch between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski. Makhachev (24-1 MMA) will be returning to action for the first time since scoring a highly debated unanimous decision victory over Volkanovski this past February at UFC 284. Prior to that, the Russian standout had earned a submission win over Charles Oliveira to capture the promotion’s vacant lightweight title at UFC 280.