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Ilia Topuria claims UFC Featherweight Belt with stunning knockout victory over Alexander Volkanovski

Ilia Topuria orchestrated a sensational second-round knockout to dethrone Alexander Volkanovski and seize the UFC featherweight belt during Saturday’s UFC 298 event held at the Honda Centre. The triumph marked Volkanovski’s inaugural loss in the division, adding an electrifying chapter to the UFC narrative.

In a highly anticipated showdown between youthful exuberance embodied by Topuria, who boasts roots in Germany, Georgia, and Spain, and the seasoned expertise of 35-year-old Volkanovski, Topuria’s raw power resonated as the defining factor in the bout.

Topuria’s dominance was evident as he pursued Volkanovski with relentless intent, eventually capitalizing on a left hook followed by a thunderous right hook that sent the Australian crashing to the canvas in the second round, culminating the fight at the 3:32 mark.

Reflecting on his victory, Topuria shared in an emotional post-fight interview, “The only person you need to achieve anything in this life is yourself, just trust yourself, work tirelessly, have faith and everything is possible.” He also urged the UFC to consider hosting an event in Spain, underscoring his desire to expand the sport’s reach.


Despite the defeat, Volkanovski displayed grace in acknowledging his opponent’s triumph and expressed interest in a rematch on what is now considered home turf for Topuria.

In a compelling co-main event, former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker showcased resilience by weathering a head kick that rocked him in the first round, ultimately rallying to secure a decision victory over Brazil’s Paulo Costa.

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