Illia Topuria is looking to continue his rise up the featherweight rankings after picking up the biggest win of his career last time out.
The Georgian-Spanish fighter made it look easy as he shrugged off Hall’s unorthodox submission attempts before putting the Ultimate Fighter winner to sleep inside one round at UFC 264.
In a recent interview with LowKickMMA, Topuria spoke about the extreme level of confidence he felt heading into the biggest fight of his MMA career to date.
“I was so ready for that fight,” Topuria said. “I had three months specifically training for him and I am happy with the result.
“I was saying to everyone that I just need one round to finish him.”
Topuria is now ranked at #15 at featherweight and is hoping he’ll get the chance to crack the top 10 in his next fight.
“I think someone in the top 10,” Topuria said when asked about who he’ll fight next. “Now everyone is trying to escape from me, that’s normal. I understand that, but I think I’m going to get to fight someone in the top 10.”
UFC Featherweight Rankings
Champion: Alexander Volkanovski
- Max Holloway
- Brian Ortega
- Yair Rodriguez
- Chan Sung Jung
- Calvin Kattar
- Arnold Allen
- Josh Emmett
- Dan Ige
- Edson Barboza
- Giga Chikadze
- Bryce Mitchell
- Sodiq Yusuff
- Movsar Evloev
- Shane Burgos
- Ilia Topuria
Who do you want to see Ilia Topuria fight next?