Volkanovski postpones title defense due to COVID-19


With coronavirus causing travel problems around the world, Volkanovski spoke to ESPN about the struggles of returning to Australia after being in the U.S.A.

“We’d [Volkanovski and coach Joe Lopez] come from America, and even though the [self-quarantine] rule wasn’t in yet, we decided to not train with others; so we just trained with each other, we just hit pads and were doing whatever we could.”

“We didn’t go and do any strength and conditioning at the other place [gym]; I’m trying to take all the precautions I can because coming from America they were saying you were higher risk,” Volkanovski said. “So even though we didn’t have to [self-quarantine], we thought it was best to do that. And we’ve been doing that ever since

“I’m in a weird position where I’m being quarantined; not being able to train properly; not being able to get over to New Zealand … so are we still going to be doing that card? I just don’t think that’s a good idea for me, especially coming off a broken hand. For me to try and overcome an injury and then go into a camp, and not be fully prepared in the camp, it’s not a good idea. So I don’t think the Perth card will go ahead, but if it does I don’t know the chances of me being on it.”

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