Ilia Topuria: Spain’s Prime Minister Honors “El Matador”

"A National Hero Celebrated Beyond the Octagon"

A Triumph Celebrated Nationwide

Ilia Topuria, the new featherweight champion, has not only shaken the MMA world with his dominant victory over Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298 but also sparked excitement beyond the octagon. His challenges to Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov, alongside his candid jabs at fellow featherweight competitors, have solidified his status as a sporting hero in Spain. Celebrated during a Real Madrid match, Topuria’s victory has been a source of national pride.



Recognition from Spain’s Highest Office

Born in Germany to Georgian parents and relocating to Spain in his early teens, Topuria’s blend of confidence and fan-friendly fighting style has made him a true star in his adopted country. His spectacular win has now been officially recognized by Spain’s Prime Minister, leading to the reward of Spanish citizenship—a dream long-awaited by Topuria.

A Dream Realized

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez praised Topuria’s dedication and perseverance on X (formerly Twitter), highlighting his upcoming Spanish nationality as a testament to his love for Spain. This gesture underscores not just Topuria’s impact in the MMA arena but also his significant contribution to Spanish sports culture.


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The Journey Continues

At just under 27, Topuria has achieved his dreams but his journey is far from over. With a flawless record of fifteen wins, including a spectacular knockout against Volkanovski and a skilled grappling victory over Bryce Mitchell in December 2022, “El Matador” is poised for more thrilling battles ahead, possibly even a rematch with Volkanovski.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez: “Your hard work, dedication, and perseverance have helped you achieve your dream. The other (dream) will soon be a reality. Your love for Spain will be reflected on your Spanish national identity document.”


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