Volkanovski (26-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) is aiming for his sixth title defense when he faces the undefeated Topuria (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) on February 17 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., according to UFC CEO Dana White’s announcement on Instagram.
Volkanovski will return to featherweight after suffering a loss against lightweight champion Islam Makhachev for a second time at UFC 294. After a full training camp, Volkanovski took Makhachev to the brink in their first fight at UFC 284, but he stepped in for a second opportunity last month in Abu Dhabi on less than two weeks’ notice and lost by first-round knockout.
In between his lightweight title fights against Makhachev, Volkanovski finished Yair Rodriguez by third-round TKO to retain his 145-pound title at UFC 290 this past July.
Since joining the UFC roster in 2020, Topuria has displayed dominance. Following four consecutive finishes over Damon Jackson, Ryan Hall, Jai Herbert, and Bryce Mitchell, the Georgian fighter dominated Josh Emmett in the UFC on ABC 5 main event to earn his third bonus in a row.
The current UFC 298 lineup includes:
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria – for featherweight title
Danny Barlow vs. Yusaku Kinoshita
Zhang Mingyang vs. Brendson Ribeiro
For more details about the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 298.
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