Alexander Volkanovski in 'good spirits' after being hospitalized in Chile due to infection

Things took a negative turn for UFC featherweight contender Alexander Volkanovski after the biggest win of his career, but the good news is that he is in good spirits.

Volkanovski was on his way back home to Australia from Rio de Janeiro, where he beat former champion Jose Aldo via unanimous decision at UFC 237 on Saturday, when he had to be hospitalized due to a blood infection that “developed quickly.”

ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was first to report the news, which was later confirmed by Volkanovski’s manager, Rhys Dal Cin, on Twitter.

According to ESPN’s report, Volkanovski complained of “sore feet, redness of his left foot and feeling sick” on Monday, as he was leaving his hotel in Rio. By the time he reached Santiago, Chile, for a layover, things took a turn for the worse and they sought medical attention. That’s when the airport doctor recommended he went to a hospital.

Volkanovski is currently being treated at a hospital and, according to the update Dal Cin provided on social media, is “in good spirits” and under the care of a “fantastic” medical staff.

“Hey all, Alex is ok. He is being treated for an infection that developed quickly while on our flight home. 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.”

The win over Aldo (28-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) on Saturday was the seventh straight victory of Volkanovski’s (20-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC)  unblemished UFC record. After the fight, he made it clear that he had his sights on a shot at current champ Max Holloway. On Monday night, however, news broke of a scheduled UFC 240 title meeting between Holloway and Frankie Edgar.

For complete coverage of UFC 237, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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