UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski has his sights set on humbling his next challenger, Ilia Topuria. The two are slated to headline UFC 298 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on February 17th.
In a recent interview with David Adesanya on the FREESTYLEBENDER YouTube channel, Volkanovski discussed Topuria’s trash talk and how he’s looking forward to seeing the undefeated competitor be humbled after their match.
Specifically, Volkanovski wants to witness Topuria delete the designation of “champion” from his Instagram bio.
“Someone’s gonna have to go on to their bio on the Instagram and change it, literally [by] themselves. What a humbling experience that’s going to be,” said Volkanovski.
The Australian continued, “I’m gonna make sure. I don’t want the manager. I don’t want their trainers or his wife or anything doing it. I want him personally to change that to 14-1 and contender or whatever he’s gonna change the ‘champion’ to.”
Volkanovski has held the featherweight title since defeating Max Holloway in December 2019. He understands what it takes to earn a UFC title and believes Topuria needs to be humbled before claiming champion status.
He said: “You earn your spot. Earn not giving over. You know, that’s been something that I’ve loved using it. Obviously, it’s a quote that’s been around a long time, but I love using it. I’m all about that quote, and that’s just who I am. I earn my fitness. I earn…”
David then quips in by showing off his t-shirt which has a similar quote and says: “Earned, not given.”
Volkanovski agrees to it by saying: “There it is. Right there. See? That’s the shirt right there. Appreciate it.”
The confident champ is promising to hand Topuria his first professional loss on February 17th. He wants the rising contender to learn respect by making him eat “big humble pie” and earn his opportunities going forward.
After defeating Topuria, Volkanovski’s eyes are set on big matchups at lightweight as he looks to add a second belt to his collection.