White: Whittaker in ‘Serious Condition’

Hours after UFC 220, UFC President Dana White announced that UFC Middleweight Champion Robert Whittaker is in “serious condition” after a mistreated staph infection.

Whittaker won the interim middleweight championship at UFC 213 last July but was promoted to full-time champion following the announcement that Georges St-Pierre would be sidelined with colitis. After being out for most of the second half of 2017 with a knee injury, Whittaker was scheduled to defend the title next month at UFC 221 in his home country of Australia against Luke Rockhold, but Whittaker withdrew due to an unspecified injury.

White gave an update that Whittaker was recently diagnosed with a staph infection that wasn’t cared for.

“He had a staph infection in his stomach,” White told Canada’s TSN. “From what I understand, it wasn’t treated properly and started to eat away parts of his organs. He’s in serious condition.

“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 the right way.”

Rockhold and Yoel Romero are scheduled to fight for the interim middleweight title at UFC 221. The fate of the UFC Middleweight Title is unknown at this point.

FIGHT SPORTS will update this story as news develops.

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