VIDEO: Ilia Topuria: UFC Champ’s Dream Kick-Off at Bernabéu

"El Matador's Dream: McGregor at Bernabéu"

Newly crowned UFC Featherweight Champion, Ilia Topuria, received a hero’s welcome in Spain as “El Matador” was honored with a ceremonial kick-off at Real Madrid FC’s iconic Santiago Bernabéu stadium. Born in Germany to Georgian parents and relocating to Spain as a teenager, Topuria has embraced Spain as his home, making significant strides in the UFC as he represents his adopted country.

On a vibrant Sunday, the stadium, with a seating capacity of 85,000, witnessed Topuria stepping onto the pitch with the UFC belt slung over his shoulder, symbolizing a union of sports cultures before the Real Madrid FC vs. Sevilla match. This recognition at one of football’s most prestigious venues underscores Topuria’s soaring popularity in Spain.


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Real Madrid FC, a global football powerhouse with an illustrious history including fourteen UEFA Champions League and thirty-five La Liga titles, celebrated Topuria, a fervent supporter, following his title victory over Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298 on February 17. With a flawless record of 15-0, including seven wins in the UFC, “El Matador” aims to defend his title on home soil against none other than the sport’s luminary, Conor McGregor, in a potential match that would set Santiago Bernabéu ablaze with excitement.


Topuria’s ambition reflects his dedication not only to his craft but also to his fans, dreaming of a title defense in the very arena he has admired as a fan. With UFC expressing interest in hosting a gala in Spain, Topuria’s vision of clashing with McGregor at Santiago Bernabéu could soon become a reality, marking a historic moment in MMA history.

“If it was my choice, I would fight Conor McGregor,” said Ilia Topuria. “I want to face McGregor, and it should happen at Santiago Bernabéu. That’s the fight I’m aiming for.”


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