UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria

2023 was good but 2024 could be even better for the UFC. The first installment of the year UFC 297 is done and dusted and now it's time for UFC 298 to take center stage. Dana White has been announcing blockbuster matchups since the beginning of the year and a few of them are on UFC 298.

The PPV will showcase not only thrilling fights but probably a rivalry that has been brewing for a while now. So without any further ado, let's get into the specific details about the UFC 298 event.

UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria background

Back in November 2023, Dana White announced some of the most anticipated PPVs of 2024 including a major fight set to headline UFC 298. It featured the UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria. 'The Great' is set to defend his title for the sixth time, against the new talent 'El Matador.'


Later, several other fights for the UFC 298 PPV have been announced. It features highly anticipated fights featuring stars like Geoff Neal, Ian Garry, Paulo Costa, and more. Here is the overlook of the entire UFC 298 card.

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria full card

UFC 298 features a total of 5 preliminary fights. The main card also features 5 fights, including a fight from the women’s division. Moreover, the featherweight title is on the line in the main event. Here is the list of all bouts -

Main card

Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria ( for the featherweight title)

Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa

Merab Dvalishvili vs. Henry Cejudo

Geoff Neal vs. Ian Machodo Garry

Anthony Hernandez vs. Ikram Aliskerov

Prelims

Amanda Lemos vs. Mackenzie Dern

Marcos Rogerio De Lima vs. Justin Tafa

Zhang Mingyang vs. Brendson Riberio

Yusaku Kinoshita vs. Danny Barlow

Andrea Lee vs. Miranda Lee

Co-main event of UFC 298: Volkanovski vs. Topuria - Robert Whittaker vs. Paulo Costa

Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa's careers in the world of MMA are going through a rollercoaster ride. The former champion has a dominant streak in the UFC but his last few fights did not go his way. The Australian seems to be struggling to find the right pace for himself and wants to go through a challenge to test his mettle.

On the other hand, Paulo Costa is confident about his dominance in the UFC. He is coming off a win against Luke Rockhold back in 2022 and is eager to face Whittaker as soon as possible. 'Eraser' was supposed to fight Khamzat Chimaev at the UFC 294 event, but a staph infection wrecked his chances.

The Brazilian then called out Chimaev after that but in the end had to fight Whittaker. Their fight is scheduled to go down in Anaheim.

Main event of UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria

'El Matador' is going for the belt now and Alexander Volkanovski has a huge challenge in front of him to defend it. Ilia Topuria has been unstoppable so far and has never been defeated by anyone.

On the other hand, Alexander Volkanovski has been such a dominant force in the featherweight division that rarely anyone comes close to his prowess. However, the fighter is coming from a KO loss against Islam Makhachev. Can Ilia Topuria get the title? Or can Alexander Volkanovski continue his phenomenal dominance at 145 lbs? What’s next for the UFC featherweight division? All questions will be answered in this PPV.

UFC 298: Volkanovski vs. Topuria Fighters’ Record, Stats, Previous Fights

Alexander Volkanovski 

26 wins, 3 losses

12-fight winning streak (Broken by Islam Makhachev)

5 wins by TKO

Previous fight: knockout defeat against Islam Makhachev

Ilia Topuria

14 wins, 0 losses

6 fight winning streak in UFC

3 wins by Tko, 1 by submission

Previous fight: Decision victory against Josh Emmett

Robert Whittaker

25 wins, 7 losses

1 fight losing streak

6 wins by knockout,

Previous fight: Tko's defeat against Dricus Du Plessis

 Paulo Costa

14 wins, 2 losses

1 fight win streak

11 wins by KO/TKO

1 win by submission

Previous fight: Decision victory against Luke Rockhold

Geoff Neal 

15 wins, 5 losses

1 fight losing streak

5 wins by KO/TKO

1 win by submission

Previous fight: Submission defeat against Shavkat Rakhmonov

Ian Garry 

13 wins, 0 losses

6 fight winning streak

3 wins by Ko/Tko

Previous fight: Decision win against Neil Magny

Henry Cejudo

16 wins, 3 losses

1 fight losing streak

4 wins by Tko

Previous fight: Aljamain Sterling

Merab Dvalishvili

16 wins, 4 losses

9 fight losing streak

1 win by Tko, 1 by sub

Previous fight: Decision win against Petr Yan

Location, Venue, Date, Time of UFC 298: Alexander Volkanovski vs. Ilia Topuria

Honda Center, Anaheim United States is going to be the venue for UFC 298. The main event will be held on February 17, 2024. The early prelims will start at 6 PM ET. The Preliminary card will start at 8 PM ET. Finally, the main card will begin at 10 PM ET.

Weigh-Ins, Pre-Fight, and Post-Fight Press Conference

The weigh-ins, pre-fight, and post-fight press conferences are set to take place at the same event, and they will be open to the public.

Past UFC events in California

UFC has been to California 7 times in the past. Moreover, this arena was a dependable venue for promotion when the UFC needed some prime events.

Commentary team of UFC 298 - Will Joe Rogan be there?

As of now, the commentary team for UFC 298 has not been officially confirmed. In the last pay-per-view event, UFC 297, the commentary trio comprised Dominick Cruz, Daniel Cormier, and Jon Anik. However, fans are eagerly anticipating the presence of Joe Rogan at the commentary table for the upcoming event.

Where to Watch? UFC 298: Volkanovski vs Topuria Tickets

Fans can watch UFC 298 on ESPN+ for $69.99. Also, tickets for the event are available on the Ticketmaster website. The prices range from $338 to $5505.

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