UFC Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has detailed the horrible run of bad luck that eventually forced him to withdraw from UFC 221 in Perth next week.
"Just before I got ill I pulled my hamstring and we could work around it and we were doing things to compensate for it, we were working around it, but then I got a really bad infection, " Whittaker told Submission Radio.
"The infection in the end just took it out of me, I was really struggling to recover. And then right at the end of the infection I got the chicken pox (laughs).
"That's why I've got the scars all over my face, because it was an absolute mess. If anyone's had it, it's just horrible."
In his place, Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero will battle it out for the Interim Middleweight title, with Whittaker ready to face the winner.
"I'm gonna let Yoel and Rockhold punch a bit, but things are good and I'm looking for a big return mid-year. So let's see what happens," Whittaker said.