T.J Dillashaw believes Alexander Volkanovski was scared of Ilia Topuria

T.J Dillashaw explains why he thinks Alexander Volkanovski was scared of Ilia Topuria.

by Aryan Lakhani
T.J Dillashaw believes Alexander Volkanovski was scared of Ilia Topuria
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Alexander Volkanovski became the UFC featherweight champion in 2019; he successfully defended his belt against some of the toughest competitors in the division for nearly 4 years. There was something very different about Ilia Topuria; he didn’t ‘want’ to win, he ‘knew’ that he was going to win.

The level of self-belief and confidence he portrayed was other-worldly. And to everyone’s surprise, he dethroned Alexander Volkanovksi in violent fashion. T.J Dillashaw believes Volkanovski was afraid of Topuria’s punching power; to him, it was evident from the very first round.

T.J Dillashaw on Alexander Volkanovski vs Ilia Topuria

Recently on The JAXXON Podcast, T.J Dillashaw explained why he thought Alexander Volkanovski was afraid of Ilia Topuria’s striking power. “He was only throwing kicks.

I know he was scared of the power,” Dillashaw said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “You can tell the way he was fighting, he was very scared of Topuria’s power, which he should be to an extent, but he’s never fought like that in the past.

The first two rounds, all he was doing was throwing kicks. He wasn’t setting them up. He was just throwing them. He was expecting Topuria to block them. I was thinking he was trying to slow down his arms because every time you block a kick, it’s like getting a charley horse in your arm.

Every time you get hit there, more blood comes to it. It slows his arms down. So, I was thinking maybe he’s slowing down his arms by throwing kicks and getting him to block, because he wasn’t setting them up”.

T.J Dillashaw further explains how Alexander Volkanovski showed fear

“Every time Topuria would get close, he’d be like backing out and leaning away, as soon as I saw that, I was like, ‘Damn, he’s going to get caught.’ He was fighting scared.

He was worried about the power. I’m a huge Volk fan. I was wanting him to win. … He just kept leaning away, leaning away from everything and leaning away from the power.

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