UFC middleweight champion – Robert Whittaker, posted video to his Instagram page.
The fighter gives information about his condition and explains that he wants to defend the title versus Kelvin Gastelum.
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Hey guys ! Still kicking. I'm sorry to all my friends, fans and family for not being able to get in there Sunday. Apparently if you get emergency surgeries you can't be cleared to fight. Thanks for the overwhelming support from all my fans I am so blessed to know you guys have my back. A big thanks to my team mates @fabricioitte @alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @justinlang_ep @titusday77 and all the others from behind the scenes you guys were there from start to finish worrying and prioritizing my health above all. Lastly to @danawhite and @ufc for the immediate help and support throughout the process of testing and the emergency surgeries. I am blessed I found out when I did and avoided life long consequences. I'll be back better than ever.
“Let me say that I’m sorry to all my friends and family and fans that came out to watch me perform,” Whittaker published. “But unfortunately I couldn’t be there. I tried my best to try and swing it. I was fighting the doctors all the way up until they said, ‘You’ve gotta get surgery or you’re gonna lose part of your bowel.’ Or it could be potentially fatal. I had to look at my health first — I’m sorry, guys.”
He was in the headliner fight of UFC 234 in Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. In very last moment he was told that he needed emergency surgery.