Ilia Topuria Responds After Joe Rogan Accuses Him Of Ducking Volkanovski Rematch

Joe Rogan and Ilia Topuria

UFC featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has responded after Joe Rogan accused him of turning down a rematch against Volkanovski at UFC 305 in Australia.

During a recent episode of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast, Rogan claimed that Topuria, who knocked Volk out to win the featherweight title at UFC 298, was offered a rematch for UFC 305, but he turned it down.

“I don’t know who he wants to fight next,” Rogan said during a conversation with ex-UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. “But I guess he feels like he’s the champ; he can call the shots. I know that he turned down the Perth one—305, the Volkanovski rematch.”

Topuria responded to Rogan’s remarks on ‘X,’ formerly Twitter, clarifying that the veteran UFC commentator’s claim is false and that Holloway, and not Volkanovski, is the rightful contender to challenge him for the 145-pound belt.

“I never turned down the rematch with Alex as the UFC has never offered me this fight,” Topuria wrote. “As I’ve said many times before, I will be the first to knockout Holloway. Let’s keep this simple: Do you want to fight? If the answer is yes, there’s nothing more to discuss. Bring my belt and your pillow.”

Holloway was amused by Topuria’s latest comments, because not long ago, the Spain-based Georgian had said that ‘Blessed’ doesn’t deserve a title shot.

“Bro you’re the one making this hard. Ennnnooouuggghhhh already LOL. I’ll ‘bring your belt’ The Bitching Mother F***er. All you are doing is putting words together now. You’re spiraling,” Holloway wrote on X.

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