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Ilia Topuria Sets Sights on Highest-Paid Athlete Status

UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria is setting ambitious goals for his future, aiming to become one of the world's highest-paid athletes by 2025.

Ilia Topuria

Currently enjoying his status as the featherweight king and a rising star in Spain, Topuria's popularity is on the rise. While discussions about a rematch with Alexander Volkanovski have quieted down, the champion's next move is eagerly anticipated.

Topuria recognizes the significance of his championship in attracting new fans and opportunities. In a recent interview, he confidently stated,

"I have no doubt that in 2025, I will be the highest-paid athlete in the world."

When compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's projected earnings of $130 million for the year, Topuria expressed his determination, saying,

"I'll be there. I'd be surprised if I didn't do it," adding, "I have no doubt, really."

However, achieving this ambitious goal will require significant effort. While Topuria's UFC earnings are substantial, breaking seven figures in his next fight would be considered a success.

The champion remains optimistic about securing endorsements and sponsorships, but his immediate focus is on returning to the Octagon and continuing his winning streak.


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