UFC 298: Ilia Topuria reveals where he has an advantage over Alexander Volkanovski

Ilia Topuria explains why he thinks he will win against Alexander Volkanovski.

by Aryan Lakhani
UFC 298: Ilia Topuria reveals where he has an advantage over Alexander Volkanovski
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The UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has been through a series of highs and lows lately. He secured a brutal knockout win against Yair Rodriguez and also lost twice to Islam Makhachev in the same year. Volkanovski refuses to remain inactive as he thrives on fighting consistently – he is set to defend his featherweight belt against the new undefeated title challenger Ilia Topuria.

In the UFC featherweight division Volkanovski is also undefeated. Their fight is headlined as the main event under the UFC 298 card, which is scheduled to take place on 17th February 2024. Topuria has never lost a match, which makes him unknown to the bitter taste of defeat; he is very confident in his ground game, and he believes it will play a huge role in snatching the match away from Volkanovski.

In almost 3 months' time, we will find out if the featherweight division has a new champion.

Ilia Topuria on his advantage over Alexander Volkanovski

Recently on the OverDogs Podcast, Ilia Topuria shared his thoughts on fighting Alexander Volkanovski and explained why won't stand a chance against him.

"That's where I really think I have the advantage with him because he's a good striker, but he's not a natural wrestler. Or he's not good on the ground," Topuria said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. "That's where I'm going to make a difference".

Topuria further said: He has really nothing to lose. He already lost, he already knows how that feels, I don't know how that feels, and I better never taste how that's going to feel. So, that's what I think is going to happen that I'm going to beat Volk on Feb 17 and then I'm going to fight Max Holloway here in Spain, that's my goal right now, and I think it's going to happen".

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