UFC Champion Ilia Topuria Receives Special Kickoff Honor At Real Madrid Game

UFC Featherweight Champion Ilia Topuria received a warm welcome at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu before the club’s game with Sevilla over the weekend.

The Spaniard stopped Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298 to end his four-year reign as champion. That extended his win streak to 15-0, which includes 13 knockouts. He also gave Volkanovski his first stoppage loss at featherweight. Topuria’s stardom has only increased as he was honored on the biggest stage. The following clip and image show Topuria meeting the Real Madrid players before kick-off. 

Volkanovski has already indicated his desire to rematch the Spaniard in his country, setting up the possibility of another huge bout.

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“Next time, it’ll be different, but I’m going to just have a little bit of a rest. I definitely want that rematch. Spain, what I’m hearing, is going to happen. Dana wants Spain, obviously Ilia wants Spain. That probably won’t be until later in the year,” Volkanovski stated

Topuria, meanwhile, is on his way to becoming a mainstream star.

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