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Robert Whittaker Issues Statement From Hospital After UFC 234 Withdrawal

February 11, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Robert Whittaker posted a new video from the hospital where he underwent surgery after his last-minute withdrawal from UFC 234. Whittaker shared the video to Instagram, apologizing to fans for not being there.

“I tried my best to try and swing it,” Whittaker said. “I was fighting the doctors all the way up until they said, ‘You have to get surgery or you’re going to lose part of your bowel.’ Or it could be potentially fatal. I had to look at my health first — I’m sorry, guys.”

He added, “I’m sorry to [opponent Kelvin] Gastelum cause he came out here, prepped, and came a long way and I couldn’t give him a show.”

Whittaker was pulled from the main event fight at the last minute due to a hernia that required surgery.

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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.

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