Alexander Volkanovski
The Great


Injury Infection
Est. Return 8/3/2019
Returns home after infection scare
May 20, 2019
Volkanovski returned home to Australia on Monday morning following an extended hospital stay in Chile due to a foot infection, Fernanda Prates of reports.
Volkanovski's commute home from Brazil was disrupted after a foot infection was discovered, resulting an an extended stay in a Chilean hospital. Fortunately for the top featherweight contender, the situation didn't spread to any key tendons, though it's currently unclear what his timetable for a return is. Volkanovski should have some time on the shelf prior to his next fight, as he'd be wise to hold out for a title shot. It's already been announced that champion Max Holloway will next face Frankie Edgar on July 27, but provided Holloway wins as a big favorite, a late-2019 fight against Volkanovski would likely be in the cards.
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Condition stabilizing
May 16, 2019
According to his manager, Volkanovski has responded to treatment and is in stable condition at a hospital in Santiago, Chile, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Volkanovski will remain at the hospital for an additional 48 hours for precautionary reasons, but after that he is expected to be cleared to travel home. The health scare, along with the news he'll be passed over for the next title shot, has led to a bittersweet ending to his weekend in Brazil, though he remains in a great spot career-wise. The former Australian Rugby League standout will have plenty of time to recover before booking his next fight, which will likely be a title shot in late-2019.
Dealing with blood infection
May 14, 2019
Volkanovski (20-1-0) is receiving treatment at a hospital in Santiago, Chile after developing a blood infection following his unanimous-decision victory over Jose Aldo (28-4-0) on Saturday at UFC 237, Ariel Helawni of reports.
Shortly after the fight concluded, Volkanovski complained of sore feet as he was departing Rio de Janeiro in preparation for a flight home to Australia. After his flight stopped in Santiago for a layover, Volkanovski developed a fever and experienced increased swelling in his foot, prompting an emergency hospital visit. It's unclear when Volkanovski will be discharged, but his manager, Rhys Dal Cin, said the 30-year-old is in "good spirits" and awaiting further results on his blood tests. Once the medical scare is behind him, Volkanovski will likely turn his focus toward preparing for his next fight, but he won't immediately receive a shot at the featherweight belt. Title holder Max Holloway has already been booked for a July 27 match with Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 in Edmonton.
Defeats Jose Aldo, title shot next?
May 11, 2019
Volkanovski defeated Jose Aldo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 237 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As both Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz said on the broadcast, it was a flawless effort from Volkanovski. He easily beat Aldo to the punch in virtually all the striking exchanges between the two men, and he wisely pinned the Brazilian up against the fence in the later stages of each round in order to ensure the judge's gave him the frame. Volkanovski was credited with a 129-39 edge in total strikes landed, unofficially. A stoppage win would have been nice for fantasy owners, but the Aussie did everything you could have asked for and more, not to mention he accomplished it all in hostile territory. A perfect 3-0 in the UFC and the winner of 17 consecutive fights overall, it's overwhelmingly likely that Volkanovski will be fighting for the UFC Featherweight Championship by the end of 2019 (though Frankie Edgar may have something to say about that). If it is Volkanovski, he certainly has the power and foot speed to potentially give Max Holloway a whole bunch of problems.
Will fight Jose Aldo at UFC 237
March 5, 2019
Volkanovski has been booked to take on Jose Aldo at UFC 237 in Brazil on May 11, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Volkanovski, who most recently defeated Chad Mendes via TKO at UFC 232 back in December, left the bout saying he wanted to go up against the best. He's now got his wish, as the former featherweight champion Aldo is arguably the best to ever do it. Volkanovski boasts a perfect 6-0 record since joining the UFC back in 2016. He has won 16 fights in a row dating back to 2013 and boasts an overall MMA record of 19-1.
Earns thrilling TKO victory in Round 2
December 29, 2018
Volkanovski defeated Chad Mendes via TKO (punches) at 4:14 of Round 2 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
This is a fight of the night candidate. Mendes and Volkanovski went to war in this one. Volkanovski was more technical and picked Mendes apart with his jab. "The Great" also landed big power shots. Volkanovski got hurt in the second round, but then landed a big shot of his own to rock the Team Alpha Male fighter. Volkanovski showed a killer instinct when a big elbow landed to signal the beginning of the end for Mendes. The Australian then poured on the attack, dropping Mendes against the cage and following up with punches. The only negative aspect of this fight for Volkanovski was Mendes was able to take him down at will. However, the undefeated Volkanovski was able to get up quickly each time.