middleweight champion Robert Whittaker made it without a hitch through the 234 weigh-ins, but during the night ahead of his headlining showdown with Kelvin Gastelum, he had been struck.

Instead of walking to the Octagon at 234, he had been wheeled to a living room to have operation at an area clinic in Melbourne, .

Whittaker was diagnosed with a dropped and tted intestine and an inside hernia. He underwent surgeries your day of the event. Doctors noticed that’d moved forward with his condition being detected with the fight, it might have proven fatal.

After his surgeries and a little bit of retrieval, Whittaker issued the following written statement out of his hospital bed along side an Insta-gram video. 

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“Thank you for the support by all of my fans I am so blessed to know that you guys have my spine. A big thanks for all others and my teammates out of behind the scenes that you guys were there from begin to finish worrying and prioritizing my health.

“the for the prompt support and support through the entire process of the emergency surgeries and studying and Lastly to . I am blessed I discovered once I did and avoided life consequences. I’ll be back better than ever before. ”