Dana White: Robert Whittaker in ‘Serious Condition’ After Staph Infection
From the sound of things, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker may be on the shelf for an extended period of time.
Whittaker was forced out of his upcoming title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 due to an undisclosed injury and there was never any word about how long he might be sidelined.
Now UFC president Dana White has updated Whittaker’s status by revealing that he’s dealing with a serious staph infection in his stomach and it could keep him out of action for quite a while.
“He had staph infection in his stomach and from what I understand it wasn’t treated properly and it started to eat away parts of his organs. He’s in serious condition,” White said when speaking to TSN on Saturday night.
“It’s going to be a minute before he’s back I think. Hopefully, it turns around quick but that stuff is life threatening if not treated.”
Dana White says that UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is in "serious condition" after suffering from a staph infection in his stomach.
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Whittaker has stayed relatively quiet since he was forced off the card taking place in Perth, Australia, which was supposed to be a showcase for the local fighter as he was attempting to defend his title for the first time.
Now Australia will be treated to an interim middleweight title fight as Rockhold stays on the card and faces Yoel Romero, who Whittaker defeated last July to become champion.