Ilia Topuria’s shocking performance at UFC Jacksonville grabbed the attention of the sports world, with Spanish soccer legend Sergio Ramos graced the event and Josh Emmett in a high-stakes bout between featherweight contenders. We witnessed Star’s victory over The legendary defender not only had a front row seat to watch Topuria’s stellar performance, but also took time to support and connect with his fellow Spaniards before and after the main event.
In an interview with The MMA Hour, Topuria revealed the origin of Ramos’ appearance, explaining that the soccer icon had been following his career for quite some time. “About a year ago, he texted me after a fight,” Topria said. “He started following me on social media, started texting me, and in this fight he told me, ‘I’m going to watch you and support you.’
Surprised and overjoyed, Topuria exclaimed: “I was like, ‘Really?'” Are you coming? ‘He said to me, “Yes, I’m on vacation.” There was no soccer match, so I’m going to watch you fight. ”
True to his word, Ramos made good on his promise and witnessed Topuria’s impressive five-round performance. This performance has the potential to catapult the young fighter into being the No. 1 contender in the featherweight division. Topuria, a Georgia native currently residing in Spain, is currently awaiting the outcome of the unification bout between Alexander Volkanovski and interim champion Yair Rodriguez at UFC 290, and is eagerly looking for his next opportunity post-fight.
Ramos’ support extends beyond the octagon. His social media support could greatly increase Topria’s profile in the martial arts world. Known for his illustrious career with Real Madrid and the Spanish national team, Ramos brings a wealth of experience and respect to Topria’s journey thus far.
Despite his growing fame and attention, Topuria maintains a calm and patient perspective on his trajectory to greatness. “It will grow little by little.” He looks back with humility and likens success to a gradual process. “Slowing down is the fastest way to get to your destination. I always said, “I was always watching all this movement in my mind. It was just a matter of time. That’s it. I’m just enjoying the process.”
As a fighter with roots in both Georgia and Spain, Topria finds himself embraced by fans in both countries. It’s difficult to compare the support she receives from different countries, but Topria values the widespread encouragement she receives, just like having two children who she can’t choose between.
After his win over Emmett, Topuria expressed interest in a potential matchup with former featherweight champion Max Holloway, envisioning a thrilling showdown in his native Spain. The prospect of his UFC debut event in Spain fills Topuria with excitement and he is confident that his passionate MMA fans in this country will fill stadiums with enthusiastic fans.
Bright-eyed and dreaming of hosting a monumental UFC event at Spain’s iconic Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, the Topria star relies on his exceptional skills and the unwavering support of the esteemed Sergio Ramos. continues to gain momentum. As Ilia Topria continues his journey to greatness, his potential knows no bounds, and the world awaits his next moment of brilliance in the Octagon.