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Following an emergency surgery this past weekend, which forced Robert Whittaker out of UFC 234, the middleweight champ has shared out a video statement.

Whittaker was scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum in Saturday’s headliner, until it was discovered that the champion had incurred an internal hernia.

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You can check out Whittaker’s statement below.

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Hey guys ! Still kicking. I'm sorry to all my friends, fans and family for not being able to get in there Sunday. Apparently if you get emergency surgeries you can't be cleared to fight. Thanks for the overwhelming support from all my fans I am so blessed to know you guys have my back. A big thanks to my team mates @fabricioitte @alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @justinlang_ep @titusday77 and all the others from behind the scenes you guys were there from start to finish worrying and prioritizing my health above all. Lastly to @danawhite and @ufc for the immediate help and support throughout the process of testing and the emergency surgeries. I am blessed I found out when I did and avoided life long consequences. I'll be back better than ever.

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Hopefull the rugged vet has a speedy and full recovery.