Dana White: Robert Whittaker in ‘Serious Condition’ After Staph Infection

Dana White updates Robert Whittaker's condition after he was forced out of UFC 221

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.”

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.


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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.