UFC collaborator reveals that Topuria denied title defense against rival in 'enemy territory'

Joe Rogan opens up and questions the current featherweight champion's decision about his next appearance in the Octagon

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Ilia Topuria He is the UFC featherweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

On the rise in Ultimate, Ilia Topuria shows that he is not willing to take great risks in order to protect the featherweight belt (up to 65,7kg.). According to Joe Rogan, the organization's official commentator, the champion refused to hold an immediate rematch against Alexander Volkanovksi in Australia, his rival's home country. Despite the statement, it is not known what Ultimate's decision will be.

“I don't know who he wants to fight next, but, I mean, I think he feels like he's the champion, that he can make the decisions. But I know he turned down Perth (Australia) the (UFC) 305, the rematch with Volkanovski,” said Rogan on his podcast.

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Keeping an eye on the rise of Max Holloway After winning the BMF title, Topuria has been seeking to heat up his rivalry with the Hawaiian on his social media ever since. Despite the athletes' mutual desire to face each other, there is expectation to know what the organization's decision will be regarding the former champion. Alexander Volkanovsky. Despite the Spaniard's refusal, the veteran asks for an immediate rematch.

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Ilia Topuria (left) fighting against Alexander Volkanovsky (dir.) in UFC 298. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter @UFCNews

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In a recent statement, Topuria opened the doors to face Conor McGregor e Sean O'Malley if both athletes win their next commitments in the organization. So far, Dana White has not commented on the featherweight champion's next move.

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