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UFC Champion Ilia Topuria Meets Prime Minister, Attains Spanish Citizenship

In a remarkable turn of events, Ilia Topuria, better known as "El Matador," has solidified his ties to the country he's proudly called home since his teenage years.

Fresh off his victory at UFC 298, where he claimed the UFC featherweight belt, Topuria has now been officially granted Spanish citizenship.

The journey for "El Matador" in the UFC began in 2020, and he quickly established himself as an undefeated force, boasting a record of 14-0. His remarkable ascent led him to a title shot against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298, where he delivered a stunning knockout to become the new UFC champion.

This week, the 27-year-old champion took his newly acquired belt to meet Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, marking a momentous occasion as he was granted Spanish citizenship. Born in West Germany to Georgian parents, Topuria moved to Spain during his teenage years and has proudly represented both Spain and Georgia throughout his career in combat sports.

Beyond the political realm, "El Matador" showcased his championship belt at the iconic Santiago Bernabéu Stadium during a thrilling soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla over the weekend.

As fans eagerly await news on Topuria's next opponent, the 27-year-old champion has expressed interest in a colossal showdown with former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor. While there are multiple contenders vying for a shot at the featherweight title, a potential clash with McGregor would undoubtedly capture the attention of the combat sports world.



In the ring and beyond, Ilia Topuria continues to make waves, solidifying his status not just as a formidable fighter but also as a symbol of pride for both Spain and Georgia. The journey of "El Matador" is one of triumph, both inside and outside the octagon.


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