Islam Makhachev knocked out Alexander Volkanovski with a head kick at UFC 294

UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell, known for his candid and unfiltered opinions, shared his thoughts on the upcoming high-stakes bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria at UFC 298.

Mitchell, currently ranked 10th in the featherweight division, is preparing for his own battle against Josh Emmett at UFC 296.

In a recent interview with The Schmo, Mitchell, who has previously faced Topuria, offered a unique perspective on the fight, particularly questioning the durability of Volkanovski’s chin following his recent knockout loss.

Known for his grappling prowess and outspoken nature, Mitchell didn’t hold back when discussing the featherweight title fight. “Volkanovski’s also coming off of a head kick knockout,” Mitchell noted, implying that such a defeat could have lasting effects.

“The chin will be not as good. It might still be good enough to take a hit, but it’s just not going to be as good after you get knocked out with a head kick.”

The Arkansas native, who holds a professional record of 16-1, highlighted the uncertainties in the fight, acknowledging Topuria’s capabilities. “Ilia could beat anybody,” he said, acknowledging the unpredictability of MMA.

However, he leaned towards Volkanovski when pressed for a prediction, stating, “If I had to bet, I would say Volk is a safe bet.”

Mitchell’s insights are particularly intriguing given his firsthand experience with Topuria, who handed him his only loss in the UFC.

His comments on Volkanovski’s chin add an interesting angle to the pre-fight narrative, especially considering the champion’s reputation for toughness and resilience.

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