Watch | Israel Adesanya’s live reaction to Ilia Topuria knocking out Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298

By Harry Kettle - February 19, 2024

UFC star Israel Adesanya has released a video of him reacting to Alexander Volkanovski’s loss to Ilia Topuria.

Israel Adesanya's shocked reaction

On Saturday night, Ilia Topuria became the new UFC featherweight champion. He did so by knocking out Alexander Volkanovski, fulfilling the prophecy he set out for himself. The Georgian-Spaniard looked calm, cool and collected as he overcame adversity to defeat ‘The Great’ and claim the title.

As you can imagine, his close family and friends were pretty heartbroken by the loss. It now serves as his third defeat in his last four fights, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for him at 35 years of age.

Someone who is particularly close to Volkanovski is none other than Israel Adesanya. The two have trained extensively with one another at City Kickboxing, carving out legacies for themselves as top stars in the UFC over the course of the last six years.

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In what has become a monthly tradition, Adesanya has released footage of himself watching UFC 298 – including the main event.

Adesanya’s Volkanovski shock

Israel was accompanied by many of his friends, including fellow UFC fighter Dan Hooker. Neither man could believe what they were seeing as Topuria landed a vicious knockout blow on the Australian, bringing an end to his historic reign.

It comes just a few months after Adesanya also fell short in his attempt to keep hold of his title, losing the middleweight strap to Sean Strickland. Alas, given what we know about both men, it’s not a stretch to suggest they’ll be back in contention in no time.

What was your reaction to Alexander Volkanovski getting knocked out by Ilia Topuria? Do you believe he should get an immediate rematch? Let us know, BJPENN Nation!

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