“End of an Era”: Fans React to Alexander Volkanovski’s Knockout Loss to Ilia Topuria at UFC 298

“End of an Era”: Fans React to Alexander Volkanovski’s Knockout Loss to Ilia Topuria at UFC 298

Joel Reyes
February 18, 2024 at 7:13 AM
  • Fans took to social media to react to Alexander Volkanovski's defeat at UFC 298
  • Volkanovski lost to Ilia Topuria via knockout in the second round of their title bout
  • Topuria made history with his victory over the Australian in their featherweight clash

Alexander Volkanovski's reign as UFC featherweight king is over after a stunning loss to Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 on Saturday.

Volkanovski lost via knockout in the second round, with the Australian falling victim to a vicious right hook by Topuria.

Fans took to social media to react to Volkanovski's shock defeat in Anaheim.

Alexander Volkanovski, Ilia Topuria, UFC 298
Ilia Topuria and Alexander Volkanovski square off at UFC 298; Topuria with the UFC belt after beating Volkanovski. Images: Chris Unger/ Mike Roach.
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UFC fans react to Volkanovski's loss

Some MMA fans wrote that they had just witnessed the end of an era.

Dominic Fabian noted the great champions that have lost in the UFC and left the promotion, writing: “Izzy lost, Usman lost, Ngannou has left, Volkanovski lost. End of an era and don't know that I'm ready for it."

Another fan praised both fighters, writing: "End of an era. Volkanovski is a legend and anyone that thinks his story is over is wrong. Topuria is that good."

Chris Rini can't believe what he just saw, writing: "He did it. Amazing. Amazing. End of an era. Topuria stops Alexander Volkanovski in the second round."

Another fan blamed Islam Makhachev for Volkanovski's loss, writing: "End of an era to Volkanovski. What a good run. Islam fight ruin Volks."

Topuria makes history at UFC 298

Topuria made history with his upset win over Volkanovski, becoming the first Spanish champion in the UFC.

The 27-year-old improved his record to 15-0 with the victory, per The Independent.

Topuria rocked the Australian legend with a right hook, knocking him out cold with that finish, per Fox Sports.

Tyson names his favourite UFC fighters

Sports Brief recently reported on Mike Tyson naming his four favourite UFC fighters of all time.

The boxing legend drew up his list in two separate interviews.

He overlooked all popular African fighters in the UFC, naming Royce Gracie, Jon Jones, Colby Covington, and Khabib Nurmagomedov on his list.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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