Ilia Topuria KO’s Alexander Volkanovski to claim featherweight title at UFC 298

Ilia Topuria becomes new UFC featherweight champion

Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria squared off in the main event of UFC 298 live from Honda Center in Anaheim, California on Saturday, February 17. The contest featured Australia’s featherweight champion making the sixth defense of his belt against the unbeaten Georgian-Spanish contender.

The scheduled for five rounds championship bout didn’t go the full distance. Topuria claimed the win, dethroning Volkanovski by knockout in the second round with punches.

With the victory, Ilia Topuria improved to 15-0, remained undefeated and became a new UFC featherweight champion. In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, the Halle, Germany-born 27-year-old said he worked very hard to achieve his goal and called out Conor McGregor for a fight in Spain.

Alexander Volkanovski dropped to 26-4, lost the belt and suffered his second straight defeat. Post-fight, Sydney’s 35-year-old called Topuria for a rematch in Spain.

Get UFC 298: Volkanovski vs Topuria full card results.

Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a former Muay Thai fighter, sports manager and editor at FIGHTMAG.

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