Alexander Volkanovskis seger över Jose Aldo vid UFC 237 i Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien överskuggades för hans egna del av den blodinfektion han drabbades av efter fighten. Den nu förste rankade fjäderviktaren fick föras akut till ett sjukhus i Chile efter att planet från Rio landat där.
I en nylig intervju med ESPN gav Volkanovski mer detaljer om vad som exakt hände:
I guess it was too hard to tell because I was injured because of the trauma from the kicks, and that sort of threw me off. But once I went on the plane it went crazy and obviously I just started feeling really crook [sick]. Then I went on the next flight and that’s when it really hit me; I had 40+ degree temperatures, it was nasty stuff.
I was delirious by then and didn’t really know what was going on, but I was like ‘get me a doctor, I need a doctor’. So they did that and, yeah, it was pretty serious, the antibiotics didn’t work straight away; we were really worried about it hitting my tendons and bones because it was very close, once it does that you can have problems.
Volkanovski berättar att planets mellanlandning var en riktig lyckohändelse då han annars kunde drabbats av allvarligare komplikationer – till och med förlorat sitt ben:
So we were pretty lucky the plane stopped in Chile rather than if I’d got on the next flight. Within a couple of hours I would have had to tell them we’ve got to turn this flight around, and by then the damage would have been done and I could have lost the leg, lose your life.
That stuff’s very, very serious, but it didn’t get to that stage. We got it just at the right time; we left it too long where it rocked me so much, but we got in just in time for it not to do serious damage.
Besviken över att inte få titelmatchen mot Holloway
Australiensaren berättade även att han var besviken över att ha blivit ratad till förmån för Frankie Edgar när divisionens nästa titelmatch med mästaren Max Holloway bokades. Han tror dock sig få möta vinnaren av matchen, förhoppningsvis i Australien :
We were talking to the match-makers and that’s their plans, they said ‘look obviously we need to see what happens with Max and Frankie, but we still would love to have Alex fight Max or whoever the winner is later this year on that card in Australia. So that’s what we’re looking for. And obviously Alex is the No. 1 contender, he’s next in line.