UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski has expanded on some of his raw, emotional remarks immediately following UFC 294.
Volkanovski’s attempt at championships in multiple divisions fell short in his UFC 294 rematch against Islam Makhachev. In the opening round of the fight, Makhachev landed a powerful head kick that rocked Volkanovski; ultimately finishing the fight with brutal ground-and-pound.
In the aftermath of his disappointing loss to Makhachev, Volkanovski got emotional at his post-fight press conference when discussing some of the personal struggles he deals with during inactivity. He hinted that he ‘does his head in’ in between fight camps and admitted to dealing with some mental health issues on the side.
Many around the sport praised Volkanovski for his openness in light of the loss, and he’s expanded on some of his remarks and provided extra context.
Alexander Volkanovski Updates Fight Fans On Mental Health Struggles
In a recent YouTube video segment, Volkanovski updated fans on his mental health after his concerning comments following UFC 294.
“The two things that are most important to me: my family, and my career, that’s how I look after my family,” Volkanovski said. “My two purposes in life. How I do that is my fighting, and I’m in my prime, and sometimes you put a bit of pressure because I know I gotta make the most of being in my prime, my days are numbered. We have a beautiful family, everything’s all good…it’s just me trying to deal with being a high performance athlete and not being able to fulfill that side of things.
“When I’m in camp…there’s direction, I know exactly what’s happening, it’s easy. I’m still very present at home, I’m my most happy and probably an even better Dad when I’m in camp. I’m ticking all the boxes, but it was harder to do that the last few weeks with everything that was happening. It was more just the timing, and that’s why you saw me a bit more vulnerable in the press conference and having that sort of situation.”
Volkanovski’s two UFC losses have both come against Makhachev; who defeated him in a ‘Fight of the Year’ contender at UFC 284. Makhachev earned the then-vacant lightweight title by submitting Charles Oliveira at UFC 280 last year.
Volkanovski takes pride in being an active champion and will now turn his attention to his featherweight title reign. A matchup with Ilia Topuria is reportedly in the works for next year.
Volkanovski doesn’t want a lot of time off after this latest setback and will look to get back on track in the division he’s dominated throughout his UFC tenure.
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