Even though he suffered a hernia that required emergency surgery, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker wanted to deal with the pain, just so he could fight at UFC 234.
Whittaker was set to defend his title against Kelvin Gastelum at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and according to his jiu-jitsu coach Alex Prates told MMA Fighting the surgery was a success..
“He had abdominal pain and was finally taken to the hospital by the UFC at 1am and was trying everything to remain in the fight, refusing any treatment that would force him out of the fight,” Prates told MMA Fighting. “He underwent emergency surgery at 4:30am due to a hernia that could affect his intestine.”
”F*ck, he didn’t want the surgery, he wanted to fight,” Prates said of Whittaker wanting to get inside the Octagon. “‘Can we do it another day?’ A samurai, wanting to fight no matter what, but there was no negotiation with the medical team. The problem was very serious, and right now all the team is focused on Robert’s health and his recovery.”
Whittaker’s social media page confirmed that he wanted to fight, despite being hospitalized.
Initial Report: MMA Fighting