Final month, Alexander Volkanovski was presupposed to defend his featherweight title in opposition to Brian Ortega at UFC 260. Sadly, per week earlier than the occasion, Volkanovski contracted COVID and the bout was postponed. Much more sadly, Volkanovski ended up having a critical response to the illness that resulted in two ER visits and a keep within the hospital. With the featherweight champion taking a look at an extended restoration time, the UFC was not in a position to schedule a fast turnaround for the bout and as an alternative, to paraphrase Brock Lesnar, they’re making hen salad out of hen poop by having Volkanovski and Ortega coach the return of The Final Fighter and Volkanovski at the very least it excited concerning the alternative.
“It was a little bit little bit of a shock,” Volkanovski informed Helen Yee. “I used to be planning on how I used to be gonna get dwelling, ready for the detrimental (COVID) exams and whatnot so I may get dwelling after which actually whereas that was taking place we received wind of the TUF home and had been like, ‘Alright’. Then earlier than we knew it, it was locked in so I used to be like, I suppose I’m right here to remain. (Laughs).
“It’s gonna be good enjoyable. I can’t wait to go on the market. I really like being in entrance of the digital camera so 4, 5 weeks, nevertheless lengthy it’s in entrance of the digital camera, it’s gonna be good. I’m wanting ahead to it. It’s gonna be good banter. Clearly loads information and I simply can’t wait.”
Although teaching TUF means Volkanovski and Ortega received’t battle for a while, the delay will present the featherweight champion a possibility to adequately get better from his stint with COVID and permit him to ease himself again into coaching correctly, whereas additionally serving to him broaden his profile and work on his tv abilities. All in all, it’s an enormous win contemplating the state he was in not way back.
“To be trustworthy, I received wind of it restarting and all that kind of stuff and I didn’t assume an excessive amount of about it,” Volkanovski stated. “Clearly whereas I’m preventing I’m simply anxious about that after which clearly I had COVID and simply anxious, ‘How do I get dwelling?’ and didn’t consider it after which actually they simply brang it up and I used to be like, ‘Oh man.’ It was an entire shock. I didn’t count on that.
“You’ve simply received to remain optimistic via all this stuff and at all times look ahead and know that it’ll all work out ultimately and that’s precisely what occurred. So I’m right here to remain, I’m gonna get pleasure from it, and I’m gonna take advantage of out of this complete course of.”
After all, the delay in defending the featherweight title doesn’t simply have an effect on Volkanovski and Ortega. With the belt now sidelined for one more few months, the remainder of the division will likewise be left ready for decision, chief amongst them, high contender Max Holloway. Volkanovski and Holloway have already fought twice, with the champion taking selections in each circumstances, nevertheless their second battle was a hotly contested bout that many consider Holloway ought to have received. Requires a trilogy battle have solely elevated since then as Holloway put forth the Beatdown of the Yr in opposition to Calvin Kattar in January and although Volkanovski is at present targeted on the duty at hand, he is aware of that finally he and Max will battle yet another time.
“Proper now, it’s not necessary as a result of I’ve received to deal with Ortega,” Volkanovski stated. “I’ve received to offer Ortega the respect that he deserves by understanding that he’s in entrance however on the identical time, each time I do an interview I’m clearly getting requested about it, everybody’s nonetheless speaking about it. So everybody will need that battle, that battle will at all times be there and it’s at all times gonna be an enormous battle. Once more, I at all times says I’m not frightened of nobody so regardless that I’m 2-0 in opposition to him, clearly that final one was a detailed one and folks wish to see it once more, so I’m certain it’ll occur. Proper now I’ve received Ortega to fret about and I’m certain as soon as that every one occurs and the UFC throws some first rate cash, we are able to all make some cash and we are able to make that battle occur. However proper now, Ortega, I’ve received you on my thoughts and that’s it.”
The Final Fighter is predicted to begin filming this month and can air this summer season on ESPN+. Volkanovski and Ortega are anticipated to battle someday after the season concludes.
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