Alexander Volkanovski ready to give Ilia Topuria a ‘humbling’ experience

Alexander Volkanovski wants to show Ilia Topuria that levels in the fight game.

by Aryan Lakhani
Alexander Volkanovski ready to give Ilia Topuria a ‘humbling’ experience
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The UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovksi is a few weeks away from his 6th title defense; he is going to face Ilia Topuria on 17th February. Topuria’s undefeated record is one of the factors making this an exciting match to watch.

Volkanovksi has been paying close attention to Topuria’s statements and is ready to make him realize that he is not fit to be a champion. “El Matador” means a bullfighter, and that’s what Ilia Topuria is labelled as.

It will be very interesting to see if Topruia can snatch everything away from Alexander Volkanovski with his aggressive fighting style.

Alexander Volkanovski on fighting Ilia Topuria

During the recent UFC 298 pre-fight press conference, Alexander Volkanovski explained how he looks forward to humble Ilia Topuria.

“He thinks he’s the best, but he’s going to be shown there are levels to this,” Volkanovski said, as quoted by “As I’ve been saying in interviews, you’ve got to earn your stripes and he hasn’t been there.

He thinks he’s the man, he thinks he’s at the top of the division already, and he hasn’t even faced anyone right up there. If he ever gets to that point where he’s going to be a champion, or a great champion, he needs for me to do what I plan on doing to him.

I’m going to give him a good humbling. Maybe he can bounce back after that, learn a thing or two, and go from there. But he’s going to be shown a good lesson, a good humbling, and I can’t wait to do that. But I’m going to turn up and I’m going to be waiting, but if you’re not up to that standard, it’s going to be a good humbling experience for him.

He needs it, anyway, don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate the guy. He’s hyping the fight up, I love it. All I have to do is go out there and teach him a lesson, right?”.

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