(Video) Real Madrid honors UFC champ Ilia Topuria with special kickoff

UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria is the first-ever Spanish competitor to win a UFC title. Recently, Topuria basked in the celebration at the Real Madrid soccer match this Sunday.

A mere week after securing the 145-pound title with a knockout victory over Alexander Volkanovski, Topuria took center stage at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. He was honored during the match. The stadium was brimming with spectators for the Real Madrid versus Sevilla match.

Stepping onto the field with the UFC title proudly slung over his shoulder, Topuria engaged with the soccer players before initiating the honorary kickoff to commence the game.

This recognition at the Real Madrid game is just another testament to the skyrocketing stardom of Ilia Topuria following his win over Volkanovski. Boasting an impeccable 15-0 record including an impressive 13 finishes, Topuria is poised to emerge as one of the UFC’s imminent superstars.

If the ecstatic celebration at the Real Madrid game wasn’t enough, Topuria might experience an even more amaing welcome for his first title defense.

On the heels of the UFC Mexico City card, UFC CEO Dana White revealed plans to bring a card to Spain soon.

White affirmed, “I would love to go to Spain so we’ve got to figure that out. We’ll start grinding and try to make that happen but the answer is yes, I want to do that and I want to do that this year.”

This announcement holds significant promise for Topuria, especially considering the warm reception he received at the Real Madrid game. The prospect of returning home to Spain for his first title defense later this year adds another layer of excitement to the rising star’s journey.

After his win against Alexander Volkanovski, Ilia Topuria was questioned about taking on UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. He said that he intended to defend his championship at least once before taking on Islam Makhachev.

Responding to the trash-talk, Makhachev said: “Another short guy is talking. Another short guy wants to be smashed.”