Robert Whittaker’s Team Issues Statement On His Surgery
The 28-year-old Australian UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker around the same time last year forced to pull out of the UFC 221 PPV event against Luke Rockhold when a flesh-destroying bacteria spread to his stomach which leaves ‘Reaper’ in a life-threatening situation. Moving forward to 2019, Whittaker who was slated to defend his title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main headliner of UFC 234 PPV event last night from Melbourne Australia once again forced to withdraw from a contest due to hernia issue.
Even UFC president Dana White said yesterday that Whittaker has dodged the bullet and describes his health issues a ‘freak’ injury, and it could have been fatal.’ Now “Reaper’s” team gives us update on his surgery.
“Last night at roughly 9 p.m., Rob began experiencing intense abdominal pains that were brought to the attention of UFC doctors. After several hours of observation, he was admitted to the hospital at 3 a.m. Rob is just out of surgery for a twisted and collapsed bowel in addition to an internal hernia of the intestine and will be recovering in the hospital for several days. Rob will want to speak to his fans directly when he can. Rob is devastated that today’s fight will not go ahead. Up until five minutes before going into surgery, Rob was insisting he would fight, but the advice was that a blow to his stomach could be fatal. Rob will come back stronger and ready for what is to come. Thanks to the UFC, Kelvin and his team for your professionalism.”
As a result, UFC promoted the co-main event between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya to the main event.
As far stripping Whittaker off his strap and creating an interim title White recently said he wouldn’t ‘strip’ him as ‘Reaper’ is looking to make a comeback in four to six weeks, so let’s see how things play out. (h/t MMAMania)
“Time is not your friend in this business,” added White when explained how UFC comes to a decision regarding interim titles. “Rob’s looking like four-to-six weeks, so we’ll go from there. It’s never fun to strip someone of the title, they worked hard to get there, so it’s never fun.”
Despite Whittaker’s estimated timeline for recovery, we’re unsure if he’ll make a full healthy comeback.