“All Ilia has to do is touch him,” Demetrious Johnson gives DISAPPOINTING news to fight fans on Alexander Volkanovski’s chance to reclaim featherweight belt

MMA legend, Demetrious Johnson talks about Alexander Volkanovski's chances in a potential rematch against Ilia Topuria after UFC 298.


“All Ilia has to do is touch him,” Demetrious Johnson gives DISAPPOINTING news to fight fans on Alexander Volkanovski’s chance to reclaim featherweight belt

Demetrious Johnson on Alexander Volkanovski (Image via Imago)

Alexander Volkanovski lost his title to Ilia Topuria at UFC 298. Demetrious Johnson does not believe Alexander Volkanovski stands a good chance of reclaiming his title in a potential rematch.

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Demetrious Johnson did a recent video on YouTube where he talked about a rematch between Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski. Johnson’s opinion added to the existing discussions about the potential outcome of a rematch between Volkanovski and Topuria. He said:

If they do a rematch, all Ilia has to do is touch him. He has to run away from Topuria for 25 minutes. It's not like Volkanovski has a range advantage. I don’t think Volkanovski’s faster than him. I truly feel like llia Topuria is a bad matchup for Alex Volkanovski.
Dimitrious Johnson via his YouTube channel

Demetrious Johnson cast doubts on Alexander Volkanovski’s chances against Ilia Topuria in a potential rematch. Johnson said that Topuria’s power poses a significant threat to Volkanovski. He advised Volkanovski against an immediate rematch, suggesting Topuria’s style could be a bad matchup for him.

Alexander Volkanovski fought Ilia Topuria at UFC 298. Topuria defeated Volkanovski by knockout. The Georgian-Spanish fighter connected a clean right hand at 3 minutes and 32 seconds into the second round and dropped Volkanovski. This victory secured the UFC featherweight title for Topuria and he became the first Spanish UFC champion.

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Fans react to Demetrious Johnson’s prediction on Ilia Topuria vs. Alexander Volkanovski rematch

The video of Demetrious Johnson’s opinion on a potential rematch between Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski caught the attention of fans on social media. They went to the comment section to share their reaction to the video. Here are some of the reactions from X:

Ilia Topuria and team release new promo after win over Alexander Volkanovski
Ilia Topuria and team release new promo after winning over Alexander Volkanovski (Source: Instagram, @espnmma)

Fans had varied opinions and reactions to Demetrious Johnson’s prediction of a rematch between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria. Many agreed with Johnson’s argument that Ilia Topuria is just too much for Volkanovski. People mentioned Topuria’s incredible power and agreed that he had more leverage over the former champion. It will be interesting to see if a rematch between Topuria and Volkanovski does happen and if Demetrious Johnson’s prediction stands true.

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