Whittaker Out Until 2019 With Hand Injury
Robert Whittaker may have walked out of UFC 225 as middleweight champion, he won’t be walking into the Octagon for a while.
Whittaker, who took a split decision victory over Yoel Romero in June to retain his title, fractured his hand in first round of the fight, told Ariel Helwani that he won’t be able to return until February due to physical therapy/
“It’s still only several weeks from surgery so I’m still working on it,” Whittaker said. “I can’t even start a rehab process yet, it’s more of just letting it heal and letting it set properly first before I can even implement that.
“They put a plate and some screws (in it). People don’t know this but also I did ligament damage in my left hand but obviously the attention was drawn to the broken one. . .
“I definitely won’t be ready before next year. My hand rehab – both hands – I have to get to 100% with my hands before I can start rehab. The healing process has to be done before I can even start a rehab program and then I need strengthen my hand up to 100%. Then, one I’m a 100% percent, I’d like to get a little bit of training done.
“Realistically, I’m looking at like February of next year.”
Whittaker will keep busy, as he and Kelvin Gastelum will return to The Ultimate Fighter to coach what may be its final season.
If Whittaker is able to return in time, he and Gatelum may be squaring off. Whittaker hopes that if it does come to pass, it’ll be in his home country.
“If the timeline works out and I can have an Australian card and an Australian fight in my hoe country, I would absolutely love that,” Whittaker concluded. “I missed my chance early this year but we’ll have to see where the cards fall.”
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