Tyson Fury acknowledges Alexander Volkanovski’s recent remarks about his struggles with mental health during periods of fighting inactivity.
Volkanovski’s pursuit of becoming a double champion ended in defeat against Islam Makhachev at UFC 294 this past Saturday. Makhachev quickly landed a powerful head kick followed by a ground-and-pound attack, securing his second consecutive victory over Volkanovski.
In the aftermath of the fight, Volkanovski provided an honest perspective on the personal challenges he faces between fight camps. He hinted that the lack of fight bookings negatively impacts his mental well-being, which ultimately led him to accept a short-notice rematch against Makhachev.
Fury, who is set to face Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia this weekend, has experienced his own mental health struggles throughout his life and career. He believes that Volkanovski possesses the strength to overcome these challenges and establish himself as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
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Tyson Fury Offers Advice to Alexander Volkanovski Regarding Mental Health Remarks
In a recent interview with TheMacLife, Fury empathized with Volkanovski’s frustrations regarding inactivity.
“I’ve been in that situation all year,” Fury stated. “I haven’t competed since December of 2022. There were moments when I even doubted whether I would box again. But then, unexpectedly, everything fell into place… My advice to Alexander is to keep pushing forward. He’s a highly skilled professional athlete, and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Just get back in there and dominate!”
Volkanovski may have the opportunity for a quick turnaround as he prepares to defend his UFC featherweight title next year. It is anticipated that his next title defense will be against Ilia Topuria, possibly taking place as early as January at UFC 297.
Volkanovski’s honesty about his mental health struggles resonates with fellow fighters, fans, and analysts alike. If Fury’s accomplishments are any indication, Volkanovski has the potential to make a strong comeback despite the battles he faces.
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