UFC champ Jessica Andrade details carjacking in Brazil

Jessica Andrade attempted to keep her “cool” during a recent incident in her native Brazil, where she was robbed at gunpoint. However, the UFC strawweight champion admits there were moments she feared for her life.

Last week, Andrade (20-6 MMA, 11-4 UFC) and her wife, Fernanda Gomes, were driving when their car was stopped by a motorcyclist. The perpetrators forced the two women to hand over their cellphones, jewelry and other items before taking the vehicle.

Andrade said she wasn’t completely aware of the incoming robbery until she spotted the gun, and at that point she simply followed instructions and attempted to keep her wife calm. It was Gomes, however, who may have saved herself and the UFC champ from physical harm.

“My car’s hand brake is a button that was pressed,” Andrade told ESPN.com about the incident. “He didn’t know that and was having trouble to make the car go. I was like, ‘Oh great. Now he’s going to get out of the car and shoot us. We’re screwed.’ Until Fernanda told them about the hand brake. They managed to do it and went away.”

After the robbery occurred, Andrade said people inside a nearby business helped her call the police. They were able to go to the station to file a report, and days later the abandoned vehicle was recovered with some of the lost documents still present.

As Andrade’s manager told MMA Junkie shortly after the incident, these types of situations are common in Brazil. It has happened to other UFC fighters in the country, as well, and Andrade said she was equipped to handle it.

The most crucial response to an armed robbery is self preservation, Andrade said, and for her it was important to act intelligently in order to survive.

“If the guy tries to rob you unarmed, then you can use self-defense,” Andrade said. “But when he has a gun, don’t put your life at risk.”

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Jose Aldo’s coach says he “froze” against Alexander Volkanovski

We’ve seen Jose Aldo lose before, but never in the fashion he did when he fought Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Prior to the Volkanovski fight, the former UFC featherweight champion Aldo had lost four times in his career — once by submission to Luciano Azevedo back in 2005, and then three times by knockout in the UFC, twice to Max Holloway and once to Conor McGregor. The Volkanovski fight was the first time Jose Aldo lost a decision in his 15 years as a pro, and many were left puzzled by the Brazilian’s performance in the fight.

According to Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras, the reason his pupil dropped a decision was because he “froze” during the match.

“Aldo had big expectations of winning by knockout, he really anticipated that moment,” Pederneiras told Combate (as transcribed by Bloody Elbow). “Volkanovski would touch him, run, and Aldo couldn’t find his distance to put his hands on him and really look for the knockout. That wait let the Australian score points throughout the rounds. In my point of view, (Volkanovski) never won all three rounds, maybe a split decision would have been the most logical outcome, but Aldo himself allowed that to happen. He said it himself that he froze when he should have attacked and finished the fight. Those things happen in a fight.”

Pederneiras explained that fighting in front of all the Brazilian fans at Jeunesse Arena may have played a role in Aldo’s flat performance, though the athlete himself won’t admit it.

“I ask him, he (Jose Aldo) tells me no, but I think it does mess with you,” Pederneiras said. “It’s something that happens, you can’t do anything about it. That can lead a person to freezing. Because he is so experienced, we thought it would not happen, but he’s an athlete, a human being. It could happen to anyone, he had never frozen before.”

Jose Aldo (28-5) had won back-to-back fights by TKO over Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano before the Volkanovski loss. It’s hard to say that he’s on a decline at age 32 just because of one lackluster loss to a top contender in Volkanovski, and judging by what his coach said it seems like it was just one of those nights where Aldo didn’t have it.

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Alexander Volkanovski nearly lost his leg because of blood infection

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The biggest victory of UFC featherweight Alexander Volkanovski’s career nearly turned into one of the worst moments of his life after he was hospitalized with a blood infection while traveling home to Australia. He’s home now and recovering, but said recently that he could have lost his leg and quite possibly his life had the situation unfolded in a different manner.

Volkanovski defeated longtime featherweight great Jose Aldo at UFC 237 on May 11 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His foot was swollen and red after the fight, but he chalked that up to trauma from the bout. In a sport that involves a lot of punching and kicking, it’s not uncommon, even after a victory, to have some bumps and bruises after the fight.

But as Volkanovski was making his way out of Rio and back to Australia, his condition rapidly deteriorated to the point that he was dizzy and not fully aware of what was happening. Luckily, during a stopover in Santiago, Chile, he and his team sought medical attention and he was rushed to a local hospital for treatment.

“I had 40+ degree (Celsius) temperatures (104+ degrees Fahrenheit), it was nasty stuff,” Volkanovski told ESPN. “I was delirious by then and didn’t really know what was going on, but I was like ‘get me a doctor, I need a doctor.’ So they did that and, yeah, it was pretty serious, the antibiotics didn’t work straight away; we were really worried about it hitting my tendons and bones because it was very close, once it does that you can have problems.

“So we were pretty lucky the plane stopped in Chile rather than if I’d got on the next flight. Within a couple of hours I would have had to tell them we’ve got to turn this flight around, and by then the damage would have been done and I could have lost the leg, lose your life. That stuff’s very, very serious, but it didn’t get to that stage. We got it just at the right time; we left it too long where it rocked me so much, but we got in just in time for it not to do serious damage.”

Alexander Volkanovski expects UFC title shot next

Volkanovski spent several days in the hospital in Santiago, but eventually made it home, where he is now looking toward the next step in his career, which is likely to be a shot at the UFC featherweight championship. He had been hoping to be champion Max Holloway’s next challenger after defeating Aldo, but as he was being derailed by the blood infection, the UFC moved to match Holloway with Frankie Edgar in a long-anticipated showdown that is set to take place on July 27 at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Volkanovski believes that there is a good chance he’ll face the winner of that bout as part of a blockbuster fight card that is being planned for Australia later this year. UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, an Australian, is expected to unify his belt with interim champion Israel Adesanya, a New Zealander, in a fight that would be momentous for the region. Volkanovski fighting for the belt on the same card would certainly make it one of the biggest fight cards in history in that part of the world.

“We were talking to the matchmakers and that’s their plans,” Volkanovski stated. “They said ‘look, obviously we need to see what happens with Max and Frankie, but we still would love to have Alex fight Max or whoever the winner is later this year on that card in Australia. So that’s what we’re looking for. And obviously Alex is the No. 1 contender, he’s next in line’.”

It’s difficult to deny that Volkanovski has earned the title shot. He is 20-1 overall and has won all seven of his UFC bouts, including the recent win over former longtime champion Aldo, as well as former contender Chad Mendes.

Alex Volkanovski nearly lost his leg following blood infection

UFC featherweight contender Alex Volkanovski picked up the biggest win of his professional mixed martial arts career earlier this month, defeating Jose Aldo via unanimous decision at UFC 237.

The victory, which took place in Aldo’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro, served as Volkanovski’s seventeenth win in a row.

After scoring the most important victory of his UFC career, Volkanovski was amped up as his dream of finally getting the opportunity to fight for UFC gold seemed well in his grasp.

However, during his trip home from Rio, Alex Volkanovski began to feel under the weather. In addition to feeling ill, the Aussie noticed that his foot was beginning to swell.

After icing his foot failed to take down the swelling, Volkanovski went to the hospital for further examination.

It was there, at a hospital in Chile, the Alex Volkanovski learned the extent of his injury and illness.

“I guess it was too hard to tell because I was injured because of the trauma from the kicks, and that sort of threw me off,” Volkanovski said to ESPN. “But once I went on the plane it went crazy and obviously I just started feeling really crook [sick]. Then I went on the next flight and that’s when it really hit me; I had 40+ degree temperatures, it was nasty stuff. I was delirious by then and didn’t really know what was going on, but I was like ‘get me a doctor, I need a doctor’. So they did that and, yeah, it was pretty serious, the antibiotics didn’t work straight away; we were really worried about it hitting my tendons and bones because it was very close, once it does that you can have problems.

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Alex Volkanovski continued:

“So we were pretty lucky the plane stopped in Chile rather than if I’d got on the next flight. Within a couple of hours I would have had to tell them we’ve got to turn this flight around, and by then the damage would have been done and I could have lost the leg, lose your life. That stuff’s very, very serious, but it didn’t get to that stage. We got it just at the right time; we left it too long where it rocked me so much, but we got in just in time for it not to do serious damage.”

Volkanovski is now back home and getting some well deserved rest.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Jose Aldo at UFC 237, many fans and analysts expected that the Aussie would be next in line for a shot at current UFC featherweight kingpin Max Holloway.

Unfortunately for Alex Volkanovski that did not prove to be the case. Instead, the promotion book Max Holloway to defend his title against Frankie Edgar at July’s UFC 240 event in Edmonton.

 

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Alexander Volkanovski finally returns home following hospital stay in Chile

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Featherweight contender Alexander Volkanovski is finally home again after a harrowing ordeal that landed him in the hospital in Chile following his performance at UFC 237.

Volkanovski earned a unanimous decision over former champion Jose Aldo on the card in Brazil but as he prepared to fly home, the former rugby player turned fighter was dealing with some extreme pain and swelling on his foot and leg.

That required a stop in Chile for medical assistance when it was discovered that he was dealing with a serious bacterial skin infection that required immediate attention.

Volkanovski ended up with a week long stay in Santiago, Chile to receive treatment including a course of antibiotics to knock down the infection.

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“The worst is done, which is good,” Volkanovski said when providing an update on his leg via Instagram over the weekend.

The unexpected hospital trip ended with Volkanovski returning home to Australia on Monday as he revealed on social media.

Volkanovski can now finish resting and recovering at home, although there’s no word on how long he’ll be out of action after dealing with this infection.

Much to his chagrin, the next shot at UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will go to Frankie Edgar with their clash scheduled for UFC 240 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in July.

Based on his medical situation it seems unlikely that Volkanovski could fight again as early as July anyways but it seems almost impossible that he wouldn’t get the winner of that fight between Holloway and Edgar when he’s ready to return.

Volkanovski is undefeated in the UFC with his past two wins coming against the former champion in Aldo and former two-time title contender Chad Mendes.