Topuria is willing to face McGregor and O'Malley if the athletes win their next fight

Current featherweight champion doesn't rule out fighting for the BMF belt against Irishman and explains why he shouldn't speed up the fight against 'Sugar'

I. Topuria is the new UFC featherweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @ufcbrasil

I. Topuria is the new UFC featherweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @ufcbrasil

Looking for big fights after starting his career as a UFC fighter, Ilia Topuria does not rule out facing names like Conor McGregor e Sean O'Malley Next. Confident in his success, the Spanish-Georgian indicated factors that could help with scheduling the fight. In addition to those mentioned, the featherweight champion (up to 65,7kg) did not rule out a rematch against Alexander Volkanovsky.

“If Conor (McGregor) beats Mike Chandler, we can fight for the BMF belt in the lightweight category. If Sean O'Malley defends his belt – which I have many, many doubts – this is an exciting fight too. So, I don't know. In my mind, I see a lot of big fights. Even with Volkanovski, it’s going to be huge,” said Topuria on The MMA Hour.

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As he continued speaking, Topuria explained the reason for not accelerating the duel against O'Malley and justified questioning the American's success in the face of Merab Dvalishvili.

“He’s going to fight Merab and I really believe Merab is going to finish him off. If that doesn't happen, I'll be waiting for him. So he really deserves the chance. If he dominates his weight class, you have to give him a chance to move up to the next weight division. But at the moment, that doesn't make sense because he has a guy who is the number one candidate and who really deserves the chance, Merab”, he concluded.

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Ilia Topuria in victory in UFC 298. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @UFCNews

Current featherweight champion, Topuria is hoping to have his first title defense announced. In his last appearance, the fighter knocked out Volkanovski and shocked the MMA community with a dominant performance over the Australian.

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