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Topuria’s opportunity: Makhachev gives Oliveira revenge

Topuria's opportunity: Makhachev gives Oliveira revenge

The great moment of Ilia Topuria could be very close. The UFC announced a few hours ago that the rematch between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveria for the lightweight title will be the main event at UFC 294 on October 21. This is very good news for the Hispano-Georgian. Alexander Volkanovski, featherweight champion, announced after his last fight that he wanted to meet Makhachev again first, and then Topuria would go. With the Russian summoned in October, the dispute over the belt with Ilia could be closer.

Ilia Topuria has the championship belt between her eyes and is getting closer to achieving it. Alexander Volkanovski, the champion of the division, retained his title a few weeks ago by beating Yair Rodríguez by TKO in the third round at UFC 290. The Hispano-Georgian was watching the fight very attentively in the arena and, when the Australian came down from the octagon, they staged a tense face-to-face that ensured a meeting shortly.

Also, when Volkanovski won, he revealed his plans: arm surgery, a rematch with Makhachev and a fight with Topuria. His arm is already operated, he showed it on his Instagram account. But the clash with the Russian has been complicated. The UFC has announced that the rematch between Makhachev and Oliveira, where the lightweight title will be at stake, will be the main event at UFC 294 on October 21, so the Australian will have to wait to get back in the cage with him.

This favors Topuria, who already wants this dispute over the belt. The objectives of the Hispano-Georgian are to proclaim himself champion and bring the UFC to Spain. Dana White, the president of the company, assured that before, he had not considered holding an event in the national territory, but now he had people working on it. With Makhachev off the map, Ilia could have his title fight this year.

The matador He has made merits to achieve it. He finished off Bryce Mitchell in December via second-round submission, making it clear that he had a lot to offer. His next suit was a reaffirmation of his abilities. He finished by a resounding unanimous decision with Josh Emmett, where he shined and taught a boxing class. Thanks to this win, he climbed up to number five at featherweight and moved one step closer to his long-awaited fight for the championship belt.

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