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Volkanovski vs Topuria: Featherweight champion beats doubters at UFC 298, aims to secure his reign against undefeated challenger

Volkanovski vs Topuria Featherweight Showdown At UFC 298, Alexander Volkanovski, 35, defies age to defend the title against undefeated challenger Ilya Topuria, 27.

Volkanovski vs Topuria
At UFC 298, Alexander Volkanovski, 35, defies age to defend the title against undefeated challenger Ilya Topuria, 27. (Source: UFC)

Volkanovski vs Topuria: Age-defying champion prepares for UFC 298, set to defend featherweight title against undefeated challenger

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is preparing for UFC 298, where he will put his title on the line against undefeated Ilya Topuria. Despite recent defeats in his lightweight efforts, the 35-year-old Australian veteran is out to prove that age is just a number and that he is still the top-ranked and top-ranked fighter in his featherweight division.

Volkanovski, known for his tough striking pressure, enters the main event after making history by becoming the first fighter in the UFC to make two successful title defenses following a loss. But, his journey is not without challenges as he faces Topuria, a challenger eight years younger to him with a formidable 14-0 record.

Volkanovski, sporting flat cap and old-man glasses, embraces coming-of-age narrative

At the pre-fight press conference, Volkanovski, wearing a flat cap and old man glasses, spoke light-heartedly about the coming-of-age story surrounding him. Refusing to let his recent defeat to lightweight champion Islam Makhachev define him, Volkanovski sees the clash with Topuria as the perfect opportunity to bounce back and silence his doubters.

The UFC 298 card, set to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, marks the promotion’s first pay-per-view show in the vast Southern California market in 25 months. The co-main event also features a bout between former middleweight champions Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa.

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Volkanovski 26-3, triumphing over adversity, sets the stage for UFC 298 Topuria amid narratives for the ages.

With a 26-3 record, Volkanovski is no stranger to adversity. Despite his two recent losses, he has bounced back with a dominant win over Yair Rodriguez last July. The champion said, “Everyone has seen me at my lowest. Now I have to come back and fight this undefeated prospect. Everyone thinks like, I’m 35, all these narratives. Beautiful. It’s A perfect story.”

Topuria, on the other hand, is full of confidence and has gone as far as mentioning Volkanovski in the past tense. In his Instagram post, Topuria is already seeing himself as the winner of the UFC “world champion”. A clash of styles is expected between the two fighters, with Topuria’s youth and enthusiasm pitted against Volkanovski’s seasoned precision and experience.

Volkanovski, 35, aims to rewrite history, dismissing concerns,

Age is an interesting one in the story, as male athletes 35 and older have struggled in UFC title bouts in the past. However, Volkanovski, aware of the statistics, dismissed concerns about his age, saying, “People will quickly remember who I am in this fight, and all of a sudden, no one will care about that statistic.”

UFC 298 not only provides a chance for Volkanovski to solidify his status as one of the greatest in the featherweight division, but also to break down the barriers associated with fighters 35 and older. His coach, Joe Lopez, highlights Volkanovski’s exceptional fitness levels, emphasizing that the champion’s performance times have not declined in recent years.

As the MMA world anxiously awaits the outcome of this featherweight bout, Volkanovski remains steadfast in his resolve to prove that age is just a number, and that he is not ready to step into retirement. With both fighters set for an intense battle, UFC 298 promises to present a captivating tale of resilience, confidence and the eternal spirit of a champion.

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