Robert Whittaker was attempting to Resist Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 2 3 4 — even with a serious hernia.

The middleweight winner said Sunday night in a statement posted to his Instagram page that he tried to convince doctors to let him defend his title right up until the idea that they told him he had emergency surgery. Or else.

Whittaker was able to have surgery Sunday local timethe exact very same day as 2 3 4.

The champ ensured to say that he plans on building the complete recovery and excelling once again from the cage to close.

“I’ll be back better than ever before,” Whittaker explained. “This can be one obstacle that I’t jumped. It’s maybe not gonna keep down me . I’m yearning na-be back — better than ever before. ”