Watch the moment Alex Volkanovski suffered an injury prior to his UFC Boise victory

Alex Volkanovski earned the biggest victory of his career over the weekend, and he did it in a less-than-ideal physical state.

Volkanovski (18-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) pushed his impressive winning streak to 15 fights on Saturday when he battered the always-durable Darren Elkins (24-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC) for three rounds to win a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 133. Afterward, the featherweight revealed he fought while injured.

“That was me playing it safe,” Volkanovski told MMAjunkie after the preliminary-card fight, which aired on FS1 from CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. “I tore my intercostal muscle just Wednesday night wrestling. I wasn’t able to train the last few days. To be honest, Wednesday night the boys left, and I couldn’t get out of bed. I was sitting there crying by myself. That’s how bad and serious I thought it was. I thought I busted my rib.”

While fight fans often dismiss fighters’ post-fight mentions of pre-fight injuries. Volkanovski said the footage of what happened would come to light, and “The Great” proved to be a man of his word. City Kickboxing teammate Israel Adesanya posted it on Sunday (via <a href="
Volkanovski's dominant performance over Elkins is even more impressive given what he went through pre-fight.
The 29-year-old Australian hasn't lost since May 2013, and he said post-fight that he's looking for a big test next in the form of multi-time title challenger Chad Mendes (19-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC). Check out his post-fight interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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