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Ilia Topuria vill bara möta Max Holloway på ett villkor

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Ralph Nordahl

18/04/2024
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Ilia Topuria vill möta Max Holloway i The Sphere I Las Vegas, Nevada i höst fast på ett villkor.

Ilia Topuria vill bara gå matchen mot Max Holloway av en anledning

Denna lördag erövrade Max Holloway ’BMF’-titeln med en knockout i sista sekunden mot Justin Gaethje vid UFC 300. Efteråt ville Holloway ha en titelmatch mot den nykrönte fjäderviktsmästaren Ilia Topuria där han menade att denne undvikit en match mot honom på vägen mot titeln.

Topuria säger nu i The MMA Hour att han gladeligen uppfyller Holloways önskan:

Actually, the UFC saved him for this moment. I asked for Max before the Volkanovski fight. I was asking for him all the time. ‘I want to fight him, I want to fight him.’ Finally, they gave me Volkanovski because they hid him for this moment.

Max Holloway, he’s next. He can say whatever he wants to say — that I’m running and he’s the bull and this and that. Come on, man. Just bring the same energy you had in the last 10 seconds, but bring it in the first 10 seconds, and we’ll see what’s going to happen. Let’s bang and we’ll see what’s going to happen. I know I will be the first one to take his lights out. I know that I’m way better than him everywhere. I can do with him whatever I want to do. I can ask him, ‘How do you want me to finish you? You want me to knock you out? You want me to submit you? What do you want me to do?

Topuria erövrade fjäderviktstiteln i februari med en andrarondens knockout mot Alexander Volkanovski vid UFC 298. Holloway har sin egna historia med Volkanovski som besegrat honom i alla deras tre titelmatcher. I och med detta säger Topuria att han endast är intresserad av Holloway då denne besitter ’BMF’-bältet. Om den titeln inte står på spel kommer inte Topuria gå matchen:

There are a lot of things involved in this fight,” Topuria said. “He’s got that belt, that Bad Motherf***** belt, so I’m excited to add that to my legacy, too. UFC Champion, the Baddest Motherf*****, what else? And then maybe I’ll go for a second weight class.

Without the BMF belt, I don’t want him at all. If not, I’m going to fight with Volk for the rematch. But because he has that belt, I’m excited about that. That’s why I want him. He’s been saying, ‘Right now I have a lot of options.’ He doesn’t have any options. Right now I’m the champion. I choose the date, I choose the place. He just has to be ready and he has to wait for the call. Whenever I want him, he has to be ready.

Vill gå matchen i september

Topuria tillade att han är öppen för att möta Volkanovski efter att han besegrat Holloway då han anser att den tidigare mästaren förtjänar en rematch. Han vill dock att australiensaren ska vara utvilad och i toppform då.

Spansk-georgiern tror att UFC 306 kommer att bli hans återkomst vilket blir UFC:s mycket efterlängtade debut i The Sphere i Las Vegas den 14 september. Efter detta vill Topuria fightas i hemlandet Spanien nästa år:

I think they want me to fight in The Sphere in September. So we’ll see how they’re going to figure out the things. At the same time, we want to go in Spain. We want to bring the UFC here in the first trimester of the next year. That’s one of the reasons I want to fight in September [or] October, to be able to fight in the first trimester of the year.

I nuläget verkar Holloway vara den troligaste motståndaren i Topurias första titelförsvar. Detta trots att den nykrönte ’BMF’-mästaren sagt att hans nästa match mycket väl kan vara en rematch mot Conor McGregor. Detta blir dock i så fall efter att irländaren gör sin återkomst vid UFC 303. Om detta blir fallet har Topuria ett simpelt meddelande till Holloway:

The message is clear: Just get ready, be waiting for the call. I will be thinking about the date, about the place, be ready. And bring that energy you had in the last 10 seconds, and bring it in the first 10 seconds. Do the same thing you did but with me. Try that and trust me, I’m going to put your lights out. I will be the first one.

He actually knows that, that’s why he started to call out another fighter. He started to call out Conor McGregor and I don’t know, I heard so many names he started to call out after the fight. I don’t know why he lost the interest in fighting me. Before he was like, ‘I want to fight him, he’s running from the bull.’ I never run from you. Never, ever had your name on my contract. But right now I’m going to ask for you, and trust me, it’s going to be a hard night for you.

Det återstår att se om vi får se herrarna mötas detta år.

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