Alexander Volkanovski Touches On Bad Habits Prior Makhachev Loss – “It Was Like A Little Kick Up The Arse For Me – I Wasn’t Disciplined”

UFC 145-pound titleholder Alexander Volkanovski recently spoke on the flaws in his lifestyle in the months prior to accepting the short notice rematch versus lightweight champion Islam Makhachev back in October.

At UFC 298 on February 17th, Volkanovski (26-3) will look to bounce back from the head kick knockout loss to Makhachev when he defends his title versus the number three ranked undefeated challenger in Ilia Topuria (14-0).

In the press conference following his loss to Makhachev, Alexander “The Great” shed light on the mental struggles he was having without a fight in the near future.

During an interview this week on the FREESTYLEBENDER YouTube channel, Volkanovski revealed even more on the subject when he discussed his drinking habits prior to accepting the fight with Makhachev on just 12-days notice.

“It was like a little kick up arse for me – I wasn’t disciplined,” Volkanovski said regarding his second defeat to Makhachev. “I’m known for being disciplined all year round, 24/7 and I just wasn’t that time. I was really disappointed. I was more upset with who I was in the previous months leading up to that. To be honest, it made it a little easier because it snapped me out of it. It snapped me out of it. I was drinking every day for like three or four weeks.

“Honestly, that’s unheard of for me – like every day. I’ve never, ever done that. But I was like, ‘Ah, I’m not training much,’ and the surgery and just trying to help around the house I was like, ‘All right, I’ll have a couple of drinks here, they’ll go down good,’ you know what I mean? It was going down too good. Every day I went to cans with the fam and come back and even then I was like, ‘Man, this has to stop.’ I was saying that even the day I before I got the call. I was (183 pounds) that day. I went to my strength and conditioning coach, and we did some tests and I stood on the scale, and I was 83 (kilograms). All the boys in the gym were laughing. I’ve never been that heavy.”

(h/t MMAJunkie.com)

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Volkanovski now views his loss to Makhachev as a blessing in disguise to clean up his lifestyle a bit more. He did express that he was by no means abusing alcohol, but even a drink here and there can affect professional athletes’ performances when the competition is this stiff.

UFC 298 is set to go down on February 17th in Anaheim, California. The card will be headlined by Volkanovski versus Topuria. This is Volkanovski’s sixth title defense match since earning the belt back in February 2019.

 

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