Alexander Volkanovski reveals struggle with Covid infection

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UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski was supposed to defend his featherweight belt against the former title challenger Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 261 last month.

However, Alexander Volkanovski tested positive for covid and he had to pull out of the fight. Volkanovski and Ortega are now supposed to be the next coaches for the new edition of The Ultimate Fighter.

The 32-year old tested positive for covid with several of his teammates and he was placed in quarantine in his hotel in Las Vegas. Initially, Alexander Volkanovski only had mild symptoms, but he started having headaches and felt congested as days passed.

I started feeling it in the lungs a little bit, and I started feeling uncomfortable,” Volkanovski said in a video recalling his battle with coronavirus. “I started coughing up phlegm, and it was coming up pinky bloody with a bit of blood in there, and I was lucky I had (Jordan Sullivan) with The Fight Dietitian and he knows a bit, so I was like, ‘What’s this?’ and he’s like, ‘That’s usually the lungs and things like that.’ That’s when I thought maybe we should start looking into this. I was having bad fevers and headaches, but that’s sort of common. So I started talking with him about it, and that’s when I was thinking maybe we need a check up.

Alexander Volkanovski: The whole Covid thing is no joke

Speaking on his youtube channel, Alexander Volkanovski said that after testing positive for covid, the doctors told him that he had covid pneumonia and was given prescribed medicine and told to quarantine at his hotel. However, he was also instructed that if his oxygen levels dipped below 93% he had to admit himself to the hospital.

This whole COVID thing is no joke,” Alexander Volkanovski said. “That’s why I wanted to do this video. Again, everyone is going to have their thoughts, but a lot of people were asking me how it was like getting symptoms, and now you guys aware. The symptoms got pretty wild. We got the normal symptoms, and they can lead to other things. So I got the normal symptoms that led me to pneumonia and other problems. It got pretty serious.

I think if I was unhealthy, maybe I would’ve got other problems, and you can see how people pass away and things like that. This is quite serious. I’ve always taken it seriously, but know I understand it’s very unpredictable and very, very contagious because, again, it’s something that got in and got a few members of the team, so it was a crazy experience, but we’re all good. I’m no longer contagious, so I can go out and about, which is good. And yeah, so now we just want to get home.” (H/T –

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