UFC featherweight contender Ilia Topuria is still receiving accolades after putting on one of the best performances seen inside the Octagon this year.
Topuria made the most of the opportunity presented to him at the promotion's fifth event, which was broadcast on the ABC television network, this past weekend in Jacksonville.
In five rounds, the Georgian-Spaniard destroyed former interim championship challenger Josh Emmett. "El Matador" has moved up to the top five at 145 pounds thanks to the resounding unanimous decision.
Teddy Atlas, a renowned boxing coach and analyst, discussed the most recent UFC main event between Emmett and Topuria on the most recent episode of his podcast.
The 66-year-old Staten Island native has coached numerous ring champions, so he undoubtedly knows a thing or two about striking. He was extremely supportive of Topuria's efforts in Jacksonville in light of this.
"Topuria, he reminds me with his striking a little of Volkanovski, where he's so solid technically, he's so buttoned-up with his approach, his overall approach, that it just reminded me of him a little bit," Atlas said.
"Topuria was always in control. Never ahead of himself, never got reckless. Like I said, he's technically solid... good timing, uses his jab very well to set up punches and to control range... When Topuria throws, he makes everything count... This fight man right here appreciated it and was very impressed."