The undefeated No. 9-ranked featherweight Ilia Topuria has found a matchup, and he will fight again soon.El Matador tweeted, “We have a fight!!!” to share the information. I’ll see you shortly.
Topuria will compete against a top-five featherweight in the main event at UFC Fight Night 227, according to Alvaro Colmenero, who tweeted:
Ilia Topuria will face Josh Emmett in the main event on June 17th, according to reports.
Ilia Topuria has been requesting the chance to compete against a contender in the featherweight division. Now that Josh Emmett is his opponent in the opening UFC big event of his career, he will get that chance. It will be the No. 5 ranked featherweight’s third five-round match overall and second main event of his UFC career.
With 13 victories and no defeats in professional mixed martial arts competition, Topuria will go into the fight. He has defeated opponents by knockout in four matches, submission in eight, and decision in one. Four of the No. 9-ranked featherweight’s five UFC appearances have resulted in victories.
Emmett, on the other hand, has a record of 18 victories and 3 defeats. He recently suffered a defeat to No. 1 ranked featherweight Yair Rodriguez for the interim featherweight belt. He has earned six knockouts, two submission victories, and 10 decisions. He has suffered a single defeat by knockout, submission, and decision.
Ilia Topuria’s return: ‘El Matador’ had called out Brian Ortega for turning down bout
The shoulder injury Brian Ortega sustained in the first round of his previous fight with Yair Rodriguez caused him to be unable to continue, which resulted in a devastating loss for Ortega. T-City’s lack of an opponent for his comeback has prompted Ilia Topuria to want a chance to fight the No. 3 rated featherweight.El Matador took to Twitter when Ortega stated that the No. 9-ranked featherweight would have to climb the rankings:
“@BrianTcity The only things I hear are excuses, and since you have Mexican blood in your body and Mexicans don’t typically turn down battles, I was hoping you would take the fight. You don’t seem assured at all! self-confidence issues?Topuria will now take on a top-five opponent, so a win would put him squarely on Ortega’s radar. But if ‘El Matador’ secures yet another commanding victory, he might have larger goals in mind.