Robert Whittaker pulls out of UFC 234 main event due to hernia

10 February, 2019, 05:39 | Author: Eloise Houston
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In the main event of the UFC 234 Aussie middleweight champion Robert Whitaker defends his title against USA rival Kelvin Gastelum.

This is the second time that Whittaker was scheduled to defend the UFC middleweight title in Australia, only for injury to prevent such a thing from happening.

Kelvin Gastelum is trying to put a positive spin on losing his chance to fight for the middleweight title at UFC 234.

He is a heavy favorite going up against the 43-year old Silva, who has not fought in two years, and a victory should catapult the entertaining Style Bender into the main event scene.

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The highly anticipated No. 1 contender match between rising New Zealand star Israel Adesanya (15-0) and Brazilian veteran Anderson Silva (34-8) will now serve as the main event on the Rod Laver Arena card. The issue is not believed to be related to his weight cut.

"According to White, Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) started to complain of pain in his abdomen late last night and was taken to the hospital".

UFC legend Anderson Silva broke down in tears as he prepares to make his long-awaited return at UFC 234 in Australia. Lando Vannata and Marcos Mariano's lightweight matchup will also be elevated to co-main status. Now, Adesanya gets the biggest fight of his career thanks to a UFC card being suddenly Whittaker-less again.

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