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Staph infection spreads to Robert Whittaker’s stomach, leaves UFC champ in ‘life threatening’ situation

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We’ve posted some bad staph infections on MMAmania.com (like this one and this one), but this might be the first time we’ve ever reported the flesh-destroying bacteria attacking a fighter’s internal organs.

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker might want to reconsider his nickname.

That’s because “The Reaper” — pulled from next month’s UFC 221 fight card — was mistreated when first diagnosed by physicians and as a result, the infection spread to his stomach and turned his internal organs into a buffet.

“He had staph infection in his stomach,” promotion president Dana White told TSN (via MMA Junkie). “From what I understand it wasn’t treated properly and started to eat away at parts of his organs. He’s in serious condition, so it’s going to be a minute before he’s back, I think. Hopefully it turns around quick, but that stuff is life threatening if not treated the right way.”

Sounds like it was definitely not treated the right way.

With Whittaker sidelined until further notice, the promotion has asked Luke Rockhold to battle fellow top contender Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title in the upcoming UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, set for Feb. 10, 2018 inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

To see that ever-growing fight card and line up click here.