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Video: ‘Too old’ Alexander Volkanovski drops hilarious promo ahead of Ilia Topuria UFC 298 title fight

Alexander Volkanovski is no spring chicken, but the 35-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion is still sitting atop the sport. But, when the time comes that mixed martial arts (MMA) in his rear-view mirror, “The Great” may want to consider going into acting.

Just not yet.

Ahead of his title defense against Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 17, 2024, Volkanovski — along with — dropped a promo poking fun at his age. In the commercial, “The Great” enjoys the life of a person in his later years, which includes gardening, falling asleep at odd times of the day and beefing with cranky neighbors.

Speaking of which, Beverly for the win!

“The Great” will attempt to stay undefeated (13-0) inside the hexagon Octagon as a Featherweight, while earning his sixth 145-pound title defense. Volkanovski, however, is coming in on a first-ever, two-fight losing streak thanks to current Lightweight kingpin, Islam Makhachev.

Topuria, meanwhile, is coming into his first-ever UFC title fight scorching hot, winning all 14 of his professional fights, including a perfect record (6-0) under the UFC banner. Volkanvoski has stated that his goals at 155 pounds are far from done, so a loss against “El Matador” could very well expedite his move back up if an immediate rematch isn’t booked.


Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 298 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET (simulcast on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET), before the pay-per-view (PPV) main card start time at 10 p.m. ET (also on ESPN+).

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 298: “Volkanovski vs. Topuria” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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