Rising UFC sensation Ilia Topuria has been making waves with his exceptional talent and versatile combat sports skills. Topuria has garnered attention not just for his remarkable knockout power but also for his exceptional grappling expertise.
His impeccable 6-0 record in the UFC has led to a monumental title shot against Alexander Volkanovski at the highly anticipated UFC 298 event.
Recently, a viral video emerged showcasing an unexpected encounter involving Topuria and a fan. In the video, the fan challenged Topuria to deliver a body shot which he readily accepted. The fan in the video was much taller than Topuria, making Topuria seem little.
As Topuria punched the fan, he hit the ground in discomfort. This led to a flurry of diverse reactions from the MMA community across various social media platforms.
Some of the comments are as follows:
“Ain’t this the second fan he’s bombed hahahaha”
“Volk if he gets caught with that hook”
“That boy holdin back tears haha”
Topuria’s recent win over Josh Emmet at the UFC on ABC 5 event, was nothing short of spectacular. The match resulted in an incredibly dominant victory, reflected in the scorecards displaying a staggering 50-42 in favor of Topuria.
Prior to this, he faced the then-undefeated Bryce Mitchell and won via submission. These remarkable performances culminated in Topuria earning a well-deserved shot at the long-reigning featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski.
Initially slated for UFC 297, the bout between Topuria and Volkanovski faced delays as Volkanovski took a short-notice bout against Islam Makhachev at UFC 294.
An unexpected turn of events occurred when Charles Oliveira sustained an injury, leading to Volkanovski stepping in as a replacement on merely 12 days’ notice. Despite other competitors like Dustin Poirier expressing interest in replacing Oliveira, the UFC ultimately chose Volkanovski for the bout.
Topuria’s journey has not been devoid of controversies, including an altercation in January 2023 and a simmering feud with Paddy Pimblett due to the latter’s comments on Georgia. Nevertheless, Topuria remains a formidable force in the UFC, showcasing exceptional prowess across various disciplines at a relatively young age. He has positioned himself for a promising future in MMA.