Ilia Topuria calls out Conor McGregor after KO’ing Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298: ‘I will be waiting for you in Spain’

Ilia Topuria calls out Conor McGregor

A new fighter has entered the Conor McGregor sweepstakes, and his name is Ilia Topuria.

Stepping into his first title fight at UFC 298, ‘El Matador’ seized the moment, scoring a highlight-reel-worthy knockout of featherweight kingpin Alexander Volkanovski in the second round of their championship headliner.

Immediately following the fight, Topuria called out Irish megastar Conor McGregor for a potential showdown when the promotion inevitably makes its way to Spain.

“Conor McGregor, if you still have some balls, I will be waiting for you in Spain,” Topuria said during his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Could We See Ilia Topuria vs. Conor McGregor in 2024?

Topuria has been shooting his shot all week, predicting a spectacular knockout against Volkanovski long before willing it into reality. That will certainly turn a lot of heads — McGregor’s included.

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Of course, that would require McGregor to actually step inside the Octagon and compete. Something he hasn’t done in nearly three years despite weekly rumors of his quote-unquote “greatest comeback in combat sport’s history” going down any day now. ‘Mystic Mac’ has long been linked to a fight with former Bellator MMA champion Michael Chandler, but even UFC CEO Dana White has remained non-committal on who McGregor will eventually fight.

The only thing we do know for certain is that McGregor will compete in 2024 — according to White — and that he was never once considered for the recently announced UFC 300 headliner.

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Are you interested in seeing the new UFC featherweight world champion mix it up with the former two-division titleholder?