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14:56  11 february  2019
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Middleweight UFC champion Robert Whittaker has made his first public statement since being forced out of his UFC 234 title defence against Kelvin Gastelum.

Whittaker required emergency surgery just hours before the Rod Laver Arena card began after doctors discovered the 28-year-old had a collapsed bowel and an intestinal hernia.

Still in hospital on Monday afternoon, Whittaker apologised to his fans and Gastelum for being unable to put on a show.

"Hey everyone, Rob here thought I'd give an update on how I'm doing," Whittaker said in a video posted to Instagram.

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"I'm still in the hospital. I had to get emergency surgery on Sunday because I had a collapsed bowel and an internal hernia that was causing me all sorts of problems.

"I'm sorry for all my friends and family and fans that came out to watch me perform, but unfortunately I couldn't be there.

"I tried my best to try and swing it - I was fighting the doctors the whole way up until they said 'you have to get surgery otherwise you're gonna lose part of your bowel, or it could be potentially fatal.'

"I had to look at my health I'm sorry guys. It is what it is. You can't plan for these things.

"I'm sorry for Gastelum, because he came out here, he prepped and came a long way and I couldn't give him a show. It is what it is."

After falling ill on Saturday night, Whittaker's team called the UFC's doctors, who administered pain killers, but by early Sunday morning he went to hospital.

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UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker issues his first statement from his hospital bed after he was forced out of UFC 234 to undergo emergency surgery for a hernia and collapsed 9, 2019) against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia due to an internal hernia.

Whittaker revealed a little more detail about what he went through on Saturday night.

"I want to say a special thank you to my teammates, my coaching staff, my management and my friends and family that helped my during this whole period," he said.

"Especially my team. They were with me during the re-hydration period even though I couldn't drink water.

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"They were still trying to give me positive reinforcements until they said 'Rob, you need to go to hospital, you're throwing up all your rehydration.'

"They were honestly looking after me and I can't express how thankful I am to have guys like that around me."

Australia's first UFC champion said he'd have to remain in hospital for a few more days, but promised to be back soon.

"Thanks to all my fans, you guys know what it takes to keep me out of the Octagon," he said.

"So for you guys to be supporting me and sending your love, it means a lot, it really does. It makes it easier for me to get in there and try harder next time and to put on a good show for you guys.

"I also want to say a big thank you to Dana White and the UFC medical team and the UFC because they did everything in their power to make sure I got the tests that I needed and to make sure I had everything done. They spared no expense.

"They made sure I got the tests done, and they found I needed surgery and they got me there straight away. I was under the knife that very same morning.

"I'm gonna be in here for a little bit longer, but I'll be back better than ever. It's not going to keep me down forever, I'll be back better than ever."

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