Joe Lopez suggests Ilia Topuria simply capitalized on his puncher’s chance at UFC 298. Alexander Volkanovski (26-4 MMA, 13-3 UFC) lost his featherweight title to Topuria (15-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) by second-round knockout in Saturday’s UFC 298 main event. All three judges scored Round 1 in favor of Volkanovski, and his head coach believes he was starting to take control before he got caught. “Alex was going through the game plan, was finding his range and starting to touch him up,” Lopez told the Daily Mail . “(I) was disappointed (by the result), knowing that Alex has a much better skillset.” Lopez said they were aware of the power Topuria packs but appeared to insinuate that’s all they had to worry about. Four of Topuria’s past six wins have come by knockout.

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Alexander Volkanovski’s coach after UFC 298: We knew Ilia Topuria had a puncher’s chance – and he got it – MMA Junkie

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