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

The UFC 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.

“Let me say that I’m oblivious to family and all my friends and fans who came out to watch me perform,&rdquo. “But unfortunately I couldn’t be there. I tried my very best to use and swing it. I fought the doctors all of the way up until they said, & lsquo; you & rsquo; re gon na lose part of your bowel or You & & rsquo; ve made kindly undergo surgery. I’d to check at my physician first — I’m so sorry, guys. ”

28, whittaker, said he was diagnosed with a diminished bowel and hernia hours before the UFC 2 3 4 was set to begin with at Rod Laver Arena. He said that after weighing from your daytime prior to the card he couldn & rsquo; t drink water or eat. Whittaker said he was throwing everything up that he ingest within an attempt to rehydrate.

“rdquo & The Reaper; his training staff, management, family and friends for telling him he had to proceed to the hospital and supporting him during this terrible moment. Whittaker said he&rsquo. He came back a long way for the fight to Australia and also whined to Gastelum, that he knows trained.

“You guys know what is needed to keep me by the Octagon,&rdquo. “So for you guys be supporting me and supporting me and sending me a love just such as that, it means that a great deal to me. It surely does. Plus it makes it easier for the next time to try even harder, to put my spirit and also to get in there. ”

Whittaker was able to have surgery Sunday local timethe exact very same day as UFC 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. ”