UFC 298: Ilia Topuria Knocks Out Alexander Volkanovski to Claim Featherweight Belt

UFC 298 Ilia Topuria Knocks Out Alexander Volkanovski to Claim Featherweight Belt

The much-anticipated evening of fights hosted by UFC 298 was a full-blown spectacle, packed with adrenaline-fueled action that kept the audience at the edge of their seats. The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the main event, which featured a highly anticipated clash between two fierce competitors – Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski. The crowd was not disappointed, as Topuria delivered a jaw-dropping performance that left everyone stunned. With unwavering confidence, Topuria knocked out the experienced Volkanovski in the second round, thereby claiming the coveted UFC featherweight belt.

Despite starting off strong, Volkanovski fell victim to a brutal right-hand punch from Topuria, which left him reeling and unable to recover. This victory highlighted a worrying trend for fighters over the age of 35 in UFC title fights against younger opponents. They have now moved to just 1-22 in all divisions below middleweight. Topuria’s stunning performance showcased the skills and demeanor of a true champion, as he improved his undefeated record to 15-0.

The night also featured a highly anticipated matchup between former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa. Whittaker, who was looking to bounce back after a tough loss, delivered a masterclass performance that left the audience in awe. The fight turned out to be the second-best of the evening, with Whittaker landing crisp combinations and powerful leg kicks to outclass a resilient and in-shape Costa. The judges awarded Whittaker a well-deserved unanimous decision victory, with scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27.

In the welterweight division, Ian Machado Garry went head-to-head with the seasoned veteran Geoff Neal in a fight that failed to live up to expectations. Despite being a welterweight prospect, Garry managed to secure a split decision win, but the fight left the crowd restless and booing.

Another notable fight on the card featured former flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo against Merab Dvalishvili. Cejudo, who gave it his all, was no match for Dvalishvili’s incredible cardio and relentless fighting style. Dvalishvili emerged victorious with a unanimous decision win, leaving Cejudo with doubts about his future in the sport.

All in all, the event hosted by UFC 298 was a thrilling and entertaining night of fights that showcased the remarkable skill and athleticism of the competitors. From Topuria’s stunning knockout to Whittaker’s dominant performance, the event had something for every fight fan. The UFC continues to deliver amazing fights that leave fans breathless and eagerly anticipating the next event.