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Topuria steals ‘old man’ Volkanovski’s belt at press conference: “Do something!”



UFC 298 press conference Alexander Volkanovski Ilia Topuria

UFC 298 press conference with Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria. Photo via X

The UFC 298 press conference with Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria turned out to be quite a spectacle.

Volkanovski showed up dressed in his “old’-man-look”, including cardigan, a chain hanging from his bifocal glasses and a newsboy cap, to mock the undefeated challenger.

“You see how you can dress? You already know what’s going to happen. You just came ready for your retirement. Look how you look as an old man,” Topuria replied.

Topuria moved on to steal the featherweight belt from the “old” champion, which caused a bit of commotion.

“Stand up and do something,” Topuria said. “Humble me. I’m right here in front of you. Do something.”

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UFC 298 with Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria

Main card

  • Featherweight title bout: Alexander Volkanovski (c) vs. Ilia Topuria
  • Middleweight bout: Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa
  • Welterweight bout: Geoff Neal vs. Ian Machado Garry
  • Bantamweight bout: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo
  • Middleweight bout: Anthony Hernandez vs. Roman Kopylov

Preliminary card

  • Women’s strawweight bout: Amanda Lemos vs. Mackenzie Dern
  • Heavyweight bout: Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Justin Tafa
  • Bantamweight bout: Rinya Nakamura vs. Carlos Vera
  • Light Heavyweight bout: Zhang Mingyang vs. Brendson Ribeiro

Early preliminary card

  • Welterweight bout: Josh Quinlan vs. Danny Barlow
  • Welterweight bout: Oban Elliott vs. Val Woodburn
  • Women’s flyweight bout: Andrea Lee vs. Miranda Maverick

*Fight card is a subject of change.

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