WATCH: ‘Hits hard for size of child” – Brave fan takes BRUTAL punch to ribs from 145-pounds Ilia Topuria in daring venture
From dominant wins to a surprising fan encounter, explore Ilia Topuria's path to a title shot at UFC 298.
Ilia Topuria punches fan (Image via: X)
Ilia Topuria is one of the most talented young fighters in the UFC. The Georgian-born fighter is known for his knockout power and also his grappling prowess. His 6-0 run in the UFC has got him a title shot against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298.
Recently, a video surfaced of Topuria punching a fan. The fan asked Topuria to fire a body shot at him which Topuria happily obliged. The fan fell to the ground and was in pain. In the video, the fan was significantly taller than Topuria which made Topuria look like a child.
Topuria recently defeated Josh Emmet in a fight which headlined UFC on ABC 5. The win was so dominant that one of the scorecards read 50-42. Before the victory, he fought the then-undefeated Bryce Mitchell and won via submission. It all culminated in Topuria getting a shot at long-reigning featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski.
The pair was initially rumored to fight at UFC 297. However, Volkanovski took a fight on short notice at UFC 294 against Islam Makhachev. Charles Oliveira suffered a nasty cut and Volkanovski replaced him on 12 days notice. Mateusz Gamrot was the backup fighter for the event. However, the UFC went with Volkanovski. This is after Dustin Poirier also hinted at his interest in replacing Oliveira.
Fight fans react to a brave fan taking a body shot from featherweight contender Ilia Topuria
The MMA community witnessed a daring fan accept a body shot from featherweight contender Ilia Topuria in a recent video on social media. It sparked a range of reactions from fight fans across social media platforms. Moreover, many fans expressed admiration for the fan’s bravery.
Taking a body shot from a power puncher like Topuria is no small feat. Moreover, it needs to be noted that Topuria even has a KO victory over Jai Herbert in the lightweight division. See how the fans reacted to the video of Topuria punching a fan on social media.
Topuria was involved in an altercation in January of 2023. Moreover, he also has animosity towards Paddy Pimblett due to Pimblett’s statements on Georgia. Nevertheless, Topuria is one of the fighters poised to have a great run in the UFC. This is due to him being exceptionally skilled in all areas at a relatively younger age.
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