UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was unable to defend his title towards Kelvin Gastelum in the primary occasion UFC 234 on Saturday, after he suffered a collapsed bowel and an inner hernia that required emergency surgical procedure simply hours earlier than the combat.
UFC President Dana White and Whittaker’s crew later revealed that the damage might have been deadly if he obtained within the octagon. Whittaker supplied an replace from his hospital mattress late Sunday night time, as seen in his IG put up embedded beneath.
Dana White initially said that the Whittaker’s restoration time might be as little as four-to-six weeks, although it stays to be seen when the Middleweight champ might be able to defend his belt.
Whittaker’s message (Transcribed MMA Junkie):
“Let me say that I’m sorry to all my family and friends and followers that got here out to look at me carry out. But sadly I couldn’t be there. I attempted my greatest to try to swing it. I used to be combating the medical doctors all the best way up till they stated, ‘You should get surgical procedure otherwise you’re going to lose half your bowel.’ Or it might be probably deadly. I had to have a look at my well being first — I’m sorry, guys.”
“I’m sorry to Gastelum trigger he got here out right here, prepped, and got here a good distance and I couldn’t give him a present.”
“You guys know what it takes to maintain me from the octagon. So for you guys to be behind me and supporting me and sending me your love like that, it means loads to me. It actually does. And it makes it simpler for me to attempt even more durable subsequent time, to get in there and to place my soul on naked and placed on a very good present for you guys.”
“I’ll be again higher than ever. This is one impediment that I’ve jumped. It’s not going to maintain me down without end. I’m going to be again — higher than ever.”
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