Spanish PM meets Georgian mixed martial artist Ilia Topuria

Earlier Topuria said he was planning to “ask him [Sánchez] personally for the Spanish national identity card”. Photo: Moncloa, 27 Feb 2024 - 18:33, Tbilisi,Georgia

Pedro Sánchez, the President of Spain, on Tuesday received Georgian mixed martial arts wrestler Ilia Topuria, the UFC World Featherweight Champion, ahead of the athlete being granted Spanish citizenship. 

In a social media message, Sánchez noted Topuria’s “effort, dedication and perseverance” had led him to fulfil one of his dreams.

“The second [dream] will also become a reality very soon. Your love for Spain will be reflected in your Spanish citizenship”, the Spanish PM said.