Volkanovski out of Pound 4 Pound Top 5 Ranking for the First Time Since 2021

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Ilia Topuria recently captured the UFC Featherweight belt to put an end to the reign of Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298 in Anaheim, California. Ilia Topuria picked up the win with a second-round knockout. He knocked out Volkanovski with a massive right hook to bag his maiden championship. Volkanovski had accepted the fight on 11 days’ notice after former champion Charles Oliveira sustained an injury. 

The Georgian-Spainard secured the victory, and has become the favorite in the division, he climbed up the rankings. Topuria has debuted in the UFC’s P4P ranking while on the other hand, ‘The Great’ went down on the table.

Volkanovski out of Top 5

Alexander Volkanovski was almost there in topping UFC’s P4P ranking but his consecutive defeats against Islam Makhachev and Topuria resulted in a different outcome. ‘Volk’ was considering increasing is chances to make things better by defeating Topuria but ‘El Matador’ pulled off a shocker to knock out ‘Volk’ in the second round and winning the featherweight gold.

With this defeat, “Volk’ extended his losing streak to 2 fights. He has lost three fights out of his last four outings. In the newest rankings, Ilia Topuria has entered the official #UFC pound-for-pound ran͏kings at an impressive No. 5 after the title win. With the victory at the Honda Centre, Topuria extends his unbeaten record to 15 fights as well.

Meanwhile, Volk has slipped to No. 7 on the P4P list but ͏still holds the top contender spot in the 145-pound division.͏

The Aussie fighter is not backing down after his defeat against Ilia Topuria. Volkanovski made it clear that he wants a rematch against Topuria and vows to reclaim his title belt. He said:

“I definitely want that rematch, Spain is what i’m hearing is gonna happen. I’m gonna get that belt back, mark my words”.

We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Volkanovski.

 

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