The UFC middleweight champion mentioned Sunday evening in a video assertion posted to his Instagram web page that he was attempting to persuade medical doctors to let him defend his title in Melbourne, Australia, proper up till the purpose that they advised him he wanted emergency surgical procedure. Or else.
“Let me say that I’m sorry to all my family and friends and followers that got here out to observe me carry out,” Whittaker mentioned. “However sadly I couldn’t be there. I attempted my greatest to try to swing it. I used to be preventing the medical doctors all the best way up till they mentioned, ‘You’ve gotta get surgical procedure otherwise you’re gonna lose a part of your bowel.’ Or it may very well be probably deadly. I had to have a look at my well being first — I’m sorry, guys.”
Whittaker, 28, mentioned he was recognized with a collapsed bowel and inner hernia simply hours earlier than the UFC 234 was set to start at Rod Laver Enviornment. He mentioned that he couldn’t drink water or eat after weighing within the day previous to the cardboard. Whittaker mentioned he was throwing up every part that he was ingesting in an try to rehydrate.
“The Reaper” thanked his teaching employees, administration, household and mates for telling him he wanted to go to the hospital and supporting him all through this terrible time. Whittaker mentioned he’ll nonetheless want to stay within the hospital for just a few extra days. He additionally apologized to Gastelum, who he is aware of educated laborious and got here a protracted approach to Australia for the battle.
“You guys know what it takes to maintain me from the Octagon,” Whittaker mentioned of his followers. “So for you guys to be behind me and supporting me and sending me your love like that, it means so much to me. It actually does. And it makes it simpler for me to attempt even tougher subsequent time, to get in there and to place my soul on naked and placed on a superb present for you guys.”
Whittaker thanked UFC president Dana White and the UFC’s medical staff for giving him what he mentioned was the perfect care potential, ensuring he obtained every part carried out shortly. Whittaker was in a position to have surgical procedure Sunday native time, the identical day as UFC 234.
To shut, the 185-pound champ made positive to say that he plans on making a full restoration and excelling as soon as once more within the cage.
“I’ll be again higher than ever,” Whittaker mentioned. “That is one impediment that I’ve jumped. It’s not gonna hold me down endlessly. I’m gonna be again — higher than ever.”