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Ilia Topuria Unfazed by Prospect of Facing Alexander Volkanovski in Australia: ‘No matter where, I’ll defeat him’

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Ilia Topuria has expressed his readiness to venture into hostile grounds for a UFC title showdown with featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski.

In the marquee fight at UFC Jacksonville last Saturday, Topuria delivered a commanding performance against Josh Emmett, maintaining his unblemished record and further asserting himself as one of the most formidable contenders in the 145-pound division.

Topuria has set his sights on a championship bout, but also shows willingness to square off with Max Holloway should the UFC organize such a fight in his adopted home, Spain. When confronted with the potential of traveling to Australia to take on Volkanovski on the latter’s home ground, the featherweight contender welcomed the idea.

“Absolutely no issue,” Topuria stated. “If I believe I’m the best in the world, I can overcome him in Australia, Las Vegas, Miami, Spain, wherever we are, I triumph. Location is irrelevant.”

It remains uncertain if Volkanovski will still be the reigning champ by the time Topuria is ready for another bout. The current title-holder is scheduled to defend his belt against interim champion Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290 on July 8. If Volkanovski extends his remarkable streak, he might return to the 155-pound category for a rematch with lightweight champion Islam Makhachev, who edged him out at UFC 284.

Such considerations partly inform Topuria’s thoughts of a potential face-off with Holloway, but his primary objective remains capturing the UFC title.

“My current focus is securing the championship belt,” he shared. “I am keen on a title fight, which I am certain I have earned. But if there is an opportunity to fight Max Holloway in Spain, I will not hesitate. I do not, however, desire to battle an unknown opponent in Spain, as my sights are set on the belt. If the UFC intends to host a fight in Spain with Max Holloway, I will undoubtedly say, ‘Absolutely, let’s get to it.’ I look forward to fighting before my home crowd.”

While a triumph over Holloway would solidify Topuria’s claim to the top contender position at 145 pounds, he is unconvinced that he needs to overcome any other opponent to earn a championship chance. He believes that he is the best candidate to challenge Volkanovski’s dominance in the division.

“This is the most feasible scenario for me,” Topuria explained. “I have already demonstrated — even prior to my bout with Bryce Mitchell — that my skill level inside the octagon is unmatched in this division. There’s nothing else for me in this division but to fight for the title.”

As to who he believes will prevail at UFC 290, Topuria predicts Volkanovski will maintain the belt. However, he refrained from declaring support for Volkanovski, acknowledging that a loss for the latter could lead to an immediate rematch against Rodriguez.

Topuria has waited this long for his opportunity and is prepared to exercise further patience.

“As I have stated, patience is one of my greatest virtues,” he declared. “I am still young at 26, I have time, and I enjoy my life. I am content and willing to wait. I am in no hurry.”

“It doesn’t concern me,” he added. “My goal is to become the world champion. If I have to wait, I’ll wait for as long as it takes. If that means waiting for another six months or so, then so be it.”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ilia Topuria

Q: Is Ilia Topuria willing to fight Alexander Volkanovski in Australia?

A: Yes, Ilia Topuria is willing to face Alexander Volkanovski in Australia or any other location, confident in his ability to defeat him.

Q: Who is Ilia Topuria considering as an alternative opponent?

A: Ilia Topuria is considering a fight with Max Holloway if the UFC arranges a matchup in Spain, his adopted home.

Q: What is Ilia Topuria’s main goal?

A: Ilia Topuria’s main goal is to win a UFC title and he believes he deserves a title shot in the featherweight division.

Q: Will Alexander Volkanovski still be the champion when Topuria is ready to fight?

A: There is no guarantee, as Volkanovski is scheduled to defend his belt against interim champion Yair Rodriguez. If he retains the title, he might pursue a rematch with lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

Q: Does Ilia Topuria feel the need to defeat other opponents before getting a title shot?

A: Topuria believes that he is the best option to dethrone Volkanovski and sees no need to defeat any other opponents to earn a championship opportunity.

Q: Is Ilia Topuria willing to wait for his chance at the title?

A: Yes, Ilia Topuria is patient and willing to wait as long as it takes to secure a title shot, even if it means waiting for months or longer.

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OctagonInsider June 27, 2023 - 1:19 am

It’s refreshing to see a fighter like Topuria who’s willing to go anywhere to prove himself. Australia, Spain, Las Vegas, it doesn’t matter to him. He’s got that fighting spirit and believes he can conquer any opponent, any location.

SportsFanatic33 June 27, 2023 - 2:03 am

Topuria’s patience and determination are admirable. He’s willing to wait for his shot at the belt, even if it takes months or longer. I hope he gets his chance soon because he’s proven he’s a top contender in the featherweight division.

FightFan86 June 27, 2023 - 5:04 am

ilia topuria is a real beast! he’s not scared to fight volkanovski in australia or anywhere else. he knows he can beat him, no problem. can’t wait to see these two warriors clash!

UFCFanatic101 June 27, 2023 - 5:18 am

The featherweight division is heating up! With Topuria’s impressive record and hunger for the title, Volkanovski better watch out. But first, he has to defend against Rodriguez. Exciting times ahead for UFC fans!

MMAChamp92 June 27, 2023 - 7:20 pm

Wow, Topuria is on fire! He dominated Emmett and now he’s eyeing that UFC title shot. Whether it’s against Volkanovski or Holloway, this guy is hungry for gold. His confidence is off the charts!


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