Alexander Volkanovski experienced firsthand several of the COVID-19 issues that have taken the lives of lots of around the world.

The UFC featherweight champion was hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia after contracting the infection days before his scheduled title defense against Brian Ortega on March 27 at UFC 260 in Las vega. Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) was drawn from the round by the organization when he evaluated favorable for coronavirus a bit greater than one week prior to the battle. Several of Volkanovski’s teammates additionally got in touch with the virus.

The 32-year-old champ was at first required to quarantine at the host resort in Las Vegas because of UFC COVID-19 methods. He experienced mild signs and symptoms in the beginning, as he had numerous migraines as well as really felt overloaded, yet they worsened as the days went by.

“I began feeling it in the lungs a little bit, as well as I started feeling uncomfortable,” Volkanovski said in a video clip remembering his fight with coronavirus. “I began divulging phlegm, and it was coming up pinky bloody with a little bit of blood therein, as well as I was lucky I had (Jordan Sullivan) with The Battle Dietitian and he understands a bit, so I resembled, ‘What’s this?’ and also he’s like, ‘That’s typically the lungs and also things like that.’ That’s when I assumed perhaps we ought to begin checking into this. I was having bad fevers as well as migraines, however that’s type of usual. So I started chatting with him concerning it, as well as that’s when I was believing possibly we need a check up.”

Volkanovski mosted likely to the hospital as well as was informed he had COVID-19 pneumonia. He was prescribed medicine and returned to the hotel where he likewise required to check his oxygen degrees. He was informed if his oxygen degrees dropped listed below 93 percent, he required to return to the medical facility.

Not long after getting back to the health center Volkanovski’s signs intensified. His oxygen levels did decrease listed below 93 percent, and also he was additionally spending a lot more blood than in the past. Volkanovski stated he was likewise looking light, which created concerned amongst his team. He went to see the doctor a 2nd time, and this time around he was hospitalized.

Volkanovski invested 3 days at the hospital. He said he had a harsh battle with COVID-19, yet with the aid of medicine, the UFC featherweight victor was able to recoup and was released to quarantine back at the resort.

“This whole COVID thing is serious,” Volkanovski stated. “That’s why I intended to do this video. Once again, every person is going to have their ideas, however a lot of individuals were asking me exactly how it was like getting symptoms, and now you individuals mindful. The symptoms got rather wild. We got the typical signs and symptoms, and they can result in various other things. So I obtained the regular signs and symptoms that led me to pneumonia as well as other troubles. It got rather significant.

“I think if I was harmful, possibly I would certainly’ve obtained various other troubles, as well as you can see just how people die and points like that. This is quite significant. I’ve always taken it seriously, yet know I recognize it’s very unpredictable and also very, extremely infectious due to the fact that, once more, it’s something that entered and got a few participants of the team, so it was a crazy experience, but we’re all excellent. I’m no much longer contagious, so I can head out and also about, which is great. As well as yeah, so currently we just intend to obtain house.”

Volkanovski is no more COVID-19 positive and also he’s dealing with returning right into shape as well as relieving into training. The Australian is still targeted to eliminate Ortega at some time later this year after the 2 featherweights train the new season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show.