Alexander Volkanovski claims the UFC did NOT want Ilia Topuria to fight for the featherweight title as Aussie star insists arch rival is in for ‘a rude awakening’ at UFC 298
- Alex Volkanovski believes that the UFC is not backing Ilia Topuria
- Volkanovski takes on the undefeated challenger at UFC 298
- He says he is desperate to humiliate his rival
Alexander Volkanovski believes the UFC is not confident in Ilia Topuria’s credentials to dethrone him from the featherweight championship in their title fight this weekend.
Volkanovski takes on his undefeated rival in a huge grudge match this weekend, with the European’s antics in the build-up irritating the all-conquering 145-pound champion.
Topuria changed his social media accounts to carry the tag ‘UFC Champion’ and ’15-0′ – which would include a win over Volkanovski.
The Aussie insists he is not fazed by the mind games, relishing the opportunity to humiliate his rival.
“It shows he’s happy to have things given to him,” Volkanovski said. ‘I earned everything.
Alexander Volkanovski believes the UFC did not want Ilia Topuria to fight for his title
‘I earned the championship in my bio. I earned my title, earned my followers, you name it, I earned it all.
“I don’t see him doing the same.”
Topuria is being followed by a camera crew for an upcoming documentary about his title run, but Volkanovski believes an extra chapter will be written after Saturday’s fight.
“So this documentary … they’re going to need an extra one because the road to the title is not going to be reached,” he said. ‘He doesn’t get it this time.
“I go there, teach him a lesson, he wakes up to himself and realizes he’s not a superstar,
“He’s starting to get into the gym, do what counts, earn his stripes.
‘(Laughs) I always look out for everyone, even my opponents.
‘I’m going to do it so that maybe one day he can become champion.
“Because he’s not going to be a great champion with that mentality and the way he carries himself.
The unbeaten European hopes to dethrone the all-conquering champion on Saturday
But Aussie star Volkanovski vowed to humiliate his younger challenger
‘I do not like it. He thinks he is already an absolute superstar. Mate, you bought your followers.’
Asked if he felt slighted by Topuria, Volkanovski said: ‘He’s probably playing the game.
“But if he’s a good kid just playing the game, he doesn’t go about it the right way … I think it got to him.
‘I don’t even know how much he’s in the gym.
‘He just seems to be doing his own little sessions here and there and has a bunch of ‘yes’ men around him.
‘And he hasn’t even got the title yet.
“So he’s in for a rude awakening and he can thank me for it later.”