Whittaker's manager Titus Day said the champion first reported some issues around 6pm on Saturday. "After several hours of observation he was admitted to the hospital at 3 a.m. Rob is just out of dual surgery for a twisted and collapsed bowel in addition an internal hernia of the intestine and will be recovering in the hospital for several days".
The UFC will stage its first pay-per-view of 2019 from Australia, and fight fans at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne - home of the Australian Open - will see two massive middleweight matchups. "Player one has the controller and I showed up".
'They don't think it was anything he did yesterday, they think he's had it for a while and it's been popping in and out. "The scary thing about it is if he took a shot to the stomach he could have died". He could rupture the colon and become septic and that's not good. White also said that had Whittaker fought, his medical issue could have been fatal. "This is it for me", Adesanya said after the fight - after which he and Anderson Silva bowed down simultaneously in a showing of mutual respect - the younger pupil having rightfully earned his idol's respect. Time is not your friend in this business and when one guy decides to take time it's not fair to everyone else who is grinding and fighting.
Earlier in the week UFC President Dana White confirmed that the victor of the bout would be next in line for a middleweight title shot, however with Whittaker's withdrawal, Adesanya will likely have to wait for the dust to settle between Gastelum and Whittaker.
However, he was more forgiving after he learned of Whittaker's severe injuries that forced him to call off the bout.
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"I'm the No. 1 contender", Adesanya told MMAjunkie.
Originally billed as the co-main event, the Adesanya-Silva showdown was elevated to main event status, and it didn't disappoint. UFC has offered full refunds due to the cancellation of the main bout.
However, he's been plagued with injuries and illness in recent years.
It continued a awful run of bad luck and health issues for 28-year-old Whittaker since he won the interim title in 2017.