"Bro came from an upper class family and acts like he's Ngannou" - Fans react to Ilia Topuria's self-congratulatory post on Father's Day

Ilia Topuria becomes UFC champion at UFC 298 [Image coutesy @iliatopuria on Instagram]
Ilia Topuria becomes UFC champion at UFC 298 [Image coutesy @iliatopuria on Instagram]

Ilia Topuria made an Instagram post congratulating himself for all the hard work and resilience he's shown in his journey to grab the featherweight belt. Fans were quick to react to his self-love.

Many fans took to X to express moral support and displeasure.

One fan compared Topuria's aura to a former featherweight champ:

"Ilia is like Conor without any charisma"
"MMA Twitter truly hates whenever somebody has self confidence lmao. Bunch of sad individuals."
"Bro came from an upper class family and acts like he’s Ngannou."

A fan called for former featherweight champion Max Holloway to return:

"Aura gone. Max spark this dude out."

Check out some more fan reactions below:

Screenshots from @SpinninBackfist on X
Screenshots from @SpinninBackfist on X

Ilia Topuria has the potential for superstardom

When Ilia Topuria went up against the pound-for-pound king in February at UFC 298, few expected he would be able to do what he did. The stage was set for another Volkanovski defense, but Topuria had other plans and shocked the world with his power and domineering presence.

Ever since Conor McGregor has been out of the picture, the UFC has been yearning for an iconic European star. Tom Aspinall is unable to get to the title and Leon Edwards isn't much help in promotional aspects. Molly McCann, Paddy Pimblett and Ciryl Gane all failed to break through.

The new champion at 145 pounds could prove to be a vanguard of the UFC in European markets. The 27-year-old from Alicante has the potential to revitalize the seemingly hungry fans of the continent.

It sure helps that he is confident he will reach sky-shattering limits in his career. His aura and charisma, along with his left hand can meet the massive demand for a European champion and the result might prove to be a fruitful endeavor for the UFC.

There is no official announcement for Ilia Topuria's next opponent, but fans have argued for a BMF matchup against Holloway or undefeated prospect Movsar Evloev for his first defense.

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Edited by Nicolaas Ackermann
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