UFC 298: Topuria Shocks with KO Victory Over Volkanovski

Topuria's Historic Knockout Victory
In an electrifying night at UFC 298 in Anaheim, Ilia Topuria made history by becoming the first fighter to defeat Alexander Volkanovski, claiming the featherweight title with a stunning knockout in the second round. The event, packed with action from start to finish, lived up to its billing, showcasing the depth and talent within the UFC ranks.

Topuria’s victory came at 3:32 of the second round, marking a significant moment in his career and shaking up the featherweight division. The undercard was not short of excitement either, with Robert Whittaker securing a unanimous decision win over Paulo Costa in the middleweight division, showing his dominance with scores of 29–28, 29–28, and 30–27.

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The welterweight clash saw Ian Machado Garry edge out Geoff Neal in a closely contested bout, winning by split decision. Meanwhile, Merab Dvalishvili continued his ascent in the bantamweight division with a unanimous decision victory over Henry Cejudo. Anthony Hernandez also made headlines, submitting Roman Kopylov with a rear-naked choke in the second round.



The preliminary bouts were equally engaging, featuring victories by Amanda Lemos, Marcos Rogério de Lima, Rinya Nakamura, and Zhang Mingyang, each putting forth performances that spoke volumes of their potential and tenacity within the octagon.

Full Match Card:

  • Featherweight Title Match: Ilia Topuria defeats Alexander Volkanovski via KO (punch) – Round 2, 3:32
  • Middleweight: Robert Whittaker defeats Paulo Costa via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)
  • Welterweight: Ian Machado Garry defeats Geoff Neal via split decision (30–27, 28–29, 30–27)
  • Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili defeats Henry Cejudo via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
  • Middleweight: Anthony Hernandez defeats Roman Kopylov via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:23
  • Women’s Strawweight: Amanda Lemos defeats Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
  • Heavyweight: Marcos Rogério de Lima defeats Justin Tafa via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 2, 1:14
  • Bantamweight: Rinya Nakamura defeats Carlos Vera via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
  • Light Heavyweight: Zhang Mingyang defeats Brendson Ribeiro via KO (punch) – Round 1, 1:41
  • Welterweight: Danny Barlow defeats Josh Quinlan via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:18
  • Welterweight: Oban Elliott defeats Val Woodburn via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)
  • Women’s Flyweight: Miranda Maverick defeats Andrea Lee via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28)

UFC 298 not only delivered memorable fights but also set the stage for future matchups that will undoubtedly captivate the MMA community. Topuria’s victory over Volkanovski is a testament to the unpredictable nature of the sport, where champions are made and dethroned in moments of sheer brilliance.

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