The big week of MMA begins in Spain. Next Saturday, February 17, our country will face the most important day in the history of this sport. Ilya Topuria will challenge Alexander Volkanovski for the featherweight title at the Honda Center in Anaheim.. Of course, this fight raises expectations not only in Spain, but also abroad. Matador He knows how to position his brand very well in a country that is a Mecca for the sport.
Its occurrence was very large, reminiscent of several current cases. Israel Adesanya needed just five fights to earn a starting opportunity. In the sixth he won the interim belt, and in the next he defeated the undisputed champion Robert Whitaker. In its turn, It took Cyril Gane seven fights to win the title. (also temporary and in his case lost to Ngannou in the heavyweight unification). Cody Garbrandt raised the absolute cock belt also in his sixth fights in the company. More work Khabib, who had to fight ten times until opportunity presented itself at number eleven.
There have been men equally or more precocious (Pereira was a four-man champion), but the four fielded are the only ones to reach the title undefeated in the last decade. Zero in the loss box is very difficult to keep. In fact, from the above only Khabib retains it today and he is retired. Therefore, Topuria could join this select club. If he beats Volkanovski, Ilya will surpass Nurmagomedov and Adesanya’s record. The former won the title in his 26th fight, and the Nigerian in his 17th. Matador He will do it 15th, ahead of Garbrandt (10th) and Gein (11th)..
At the moment, Ilya Topuria will be the only undefeated UFC champion.. The last undefeated champion was Cyril Gane, albeit with a temporary period. Adesanya previously remained undefeated until March 2021, when he bowed out, moving up to light heavyweight to face Jan Blachowicz. Khabib vacated his crown in October 2020. In his case, he decided to go undefeated.