The Australian beat Jose Aldo at
UFC 237 on Saturday by unanimous decision to become the top
contender at featherweight. Then, on Tuesday evening it was
reported that Frankie
Edgar was getting a title shot against Max
Holloway at UFC 240 instead of Volkanovski.
To make matters worse, as Volkanovski was on his way back from Rio
de Janeiro, the 30-year-old complained about feeling sick along
with sore feet and redness on his left foot. As his plane landed in
Chile, the Australian felt worse and was taken to the hospital with
a blood infection that ‘developed quickly.’
ESPN.com was first to report the news, which was later
confirmed by Volkanovski’s manager, Rhys Dal Cin, on Twitter.
“Hey all, Alex is ok. He is being treated for an infection that
developed quickly while on our flight home,” Dal Cin wrote. “We are
currently in Chile and will provide updates as they come to hand.
The medical staff have been fantastic, he’s in good hands, and Alex
is in good spirits.”
As of now, there is no word on when Volkanovski will be released
from the hospital.