Ilia Topuria Steals Alex Volkanovski’s Belt After Predicting First Round Knockout

Ilia Topuria seems pretty confident that he’s going to beat Alex Volkanovski this weekend.

Topuria has confidently stated that he would be Volkanovski at UFC 298 via a first round knockout.

“I see myself finishing him in the first round – knockout,” Topuria told UFC Español. “It’s most likely going to be a knockout unless he dives for my legs. I’m going to put his lights out.”

“I’m part of the new generation of MMA,” Topuria said. “I bring an evolved style in all areas of the sport: on the feet, in the wrestling, in the grappling. I consider myself a far more complete and effective finisher than Volkanovski.

“The experience is on his side, but the young blood is on my side. This is my moment. God’s timing is perfect, and He’s prepared me for this moment. There won’t be any failure.”

During UFC 298 media photo shoot, Topuria borrowed Volk’s title belt to see what it looked like for him.

Volkanovsi didn’t seem too bothered by Topuria stealing his belt by telling him.

“May as well make the most of it, eh. You may as well wear it now. Take pictures now because you won’t have it after.