Whittaker's manager reveals that former champion underwent surgery a week before UFC Saudi Arabia

Whittaker needed surgery for a tooth abscess days before 'running over' Ikram Aliskerov at last Saturday's event (22)

Robert Whittkaker is a former UFC middleweight champion. Photo: Reproduction/X @UFC_News

Who watched Robert whittaker 'running over' Ikram Aliskerov in the main fight of UFC Saudi Arabia, last Saturday (22), I could not have imagined that, by a very close call, the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9 kg) did not become yet another absentee from the event in Riyadh, which he had already lost Khamzat Shimaev.

In a recent interview with 'Fox Sports Australia', Titus Day, businessman of Robert whittaker, revealed that the former champion had to undergo emergency surgery due to a tooth abscess days before leaving for Saudi Arabia.

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“Rob (Whittaker) had a horrible abscess that flared up a week before he came on board. He had headaches, toothache, it felt like he had been kicked in the side of the head. He couldn't train, he couldn't eat, he couldn't sleep, it was a lot of pain. The whole side of his head was hurting, so we had to rush him to emergency surgery.”

According to the businessman, emergency surgery alleviated the symptoms, but did not completely resolve the situation. As a result, the former champion must undergo a new surgical procedure in the coming weeks.

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“Rob had already stopped training a few days before the surgery in Sydney. He traveled with his face still numb. We had no idea if he would be okay. We were praying that everything would be okay and it was. But Rob still feels pain. He still needs another surgery which will be carried out in the coming weeks,” he concluded.

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