Robert Whittaker is crushed after he was forced to cancel tittelkampen on Sunday evening.
UFC champion should defend the title on home soil in Australia, but an unusual damage in the stomach, which at worst could cost him his life, stopped Whittaker from to go in the ring.
He was going to meet us Kelvin Gastelum in front of a packed Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, but ended instead up with to be hasteinnlagt and operated.
- Gut and his bowels sticking out through a hole, " says UFC boss Dana White to AAP in an interview reprinted by The Guardian.- A truly absurd damage
Whittaker began to get cramps in the stomach on the morning before the battle, had great pain and was not able to go to the bathroom. Shortly after he began to throw up, and was taken care of by the UFCs own doctors before he was transported to the hospital.
- They think he has had this problem for a while, and it has gone in and out. It is scary to think about, but he had been hit in the stomach during the fight, he could have died, " says White to the Sydney Morning Herald.
the Damage it should be to talk about, is the hernia. It means that some of the abdominal cavity comes out through one of the openings in the muskellagene in the abdominal wall, and forms a bump under the skin.
- Hopefully got the doctors put it in place again and stitched again. If that is the case he will be out for four weeks. This was a really absurd damage, and it is less than one percent chance that it would happen. The doctors have done this for 30 years and have never seen anything like it on a young person.- He is shattered
Brokken represents the latest incident in a long series of injuries for Whittaker. A year ago he had to cancel another tittelkamp because of injuries and illness. Last summer he broke his hand during a fight against Yoel Romero.
- Rob is completely devastated and sad on the other's behalf. The first thing he said to me was: "I'm so sorry that I have disappointed so many people." He thinks of everyone other than himself, tells the practitioner's manager, Titus Day.
This was his moment, where all the interest from the media and hype was about to take him to a whole new level. I think he could have done it very well in this match. This special moment has been crushed, but we should turn back.
Also the opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, has expressed his support for Whittaker.
I must apologize to everyone who had been waiting for a great fight. Family, friends and fans all over the world. I want Rob Whittaker good recovery, he wrote on Twitter.