Whittaker Out Of UFC 248 To Donate Bone Marrow to Daughter
Last week former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker pulled out of his return to the Octagon at UFC 248 due to a “personal issue.”
On Tuesday UFC President Dana White said that Whittaker pulling himself from his fight against Jared Cannonier as a “selfless” act, and now we know why.
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I'm sorry to all my friends, supporters and family for not being able to fight in March. A lot has happened over the 12 last months and I need to take some time now to be with my family, slow things down and to refocus. Sorry to everyone again but I'll be back. The best is yet to come.
Per a report from The Sun, Whittaker is taking a break from fighting to donate bone marrow to his young daughter, who is suffering from an unknown illness.
“But I’ll tell you this, when you talk about somebody whose priorities are in the right place, who is completely selfless and down to the core a good human being, that’s Robert Whittaker,” White said on Submission Radio.
“The reason Robert Whittaker is not fighting in this fight is one of the most unselfish things I’ve seen in my life. He’s a good man, he’s a good human being, and I have a lot of respect for him. Good luck to him in what he’s dealing with right now.”
“I can’t put into words and articulate how I feel about Robert Whittaker. He’s the real deal, man.”