Whittaker Updates On Staph Infection

In a shocking turn of events last week,  Robert Whittaker was forced to pull out of his first scheduled title defense against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221.

There was no reason given for the champion being pulled from the card until following UFC 220. During the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White told the media that Whittaker had actually suffered a life-threatening illness.

“He had staph infection in his stomach,” White said. “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.”


Sick as a dog, but at least my nutrition is on point @musclemealsdirect Thanks for all the well wishes guys #ontheroadtorecovery

UFC 221 will now be headlined by an interim middleweight title fight between Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero. The event is set to take place on February 11th in Perth, Australia.

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