Ilia Topuria Yes Alexandre Volkanovski They square off in a much-awaited duel in the early hours of this Saturday to Sunday in Anaheim (California, United States) by UFC featherweight title. Despite 'The Great' being the division's current champion, the fight doesn't seem to come at the best time for the Australian after his tough defeat with Islam Makhachev. Instead, 'El Matador' emerges as a undefeated candidate who also had a little more time than your rival to prepare for the duel.

Topuria's rise in the UFC, which holds the position number 3 in the featherweight rankingIt was fast and your excellent performances gave him a title shot in what will be his seventh fight in the company he runs Dana White.

Ilia's UFC debut took place in October 2020 against Youssef Zalal. He defeated the Moroccan by unanimous decision and that fight was followed by three knockouts and a submission. The fight against Emmett He was the one who put the Hispanic Georgian in the race for the title, as he was against a 'top 5' in his category. That day his fight was at the top of the card and the fighter from Alicante clearly beat a high-level rival, but whoever ended up launching him and gaining everyone's respect was Jay Herbert.

Topuria was surprisedor at the start of this competition for the British with a high kick straight to the head. With Ilia on the ground, the tall English fighter (1.85) went ahead. The Spaniard managed to avoid a blow that could have changed the fate of his career until then. 'El Matador' reacted and even caught Herbert to knock him into the bars and take him down. I knocked him out with a right hand in the second round.

Illia Topuria in the UFC

UFC Fight Night (10/10/20): Topuria won a three-round unanimous decision against Youssef Zalal.

UFC on ESPN (05/12/20): Topuria knocked out Damon Jackson at 2:38 of the first round.

UFC 264 (07/10/21): Topuria knocked out Ryan Hall at 4:47 of the first round.

UFC Fight Night (03/19/22): Topuria knocked out Jai Herbert at 1:07 of the second round.

UFC 282 (12/10/22): Topuria submitted Bryce Mitchell with an arm triangle choke at 3:10 of the second round.

UFC on ABC (06/24/23): Topuria defeated Josh Emmett by unanimous decision after five rounds.