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Medical Emergency Knocks Robert Whittaker Out of the UFC 234 Main Event

Medical Emergency Knocks Robert Whittaker Out of the UFC 234 Main Event”

In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8) weighed in at 186 pounds for his non-title fight against Israel Adesanya (15-0).

"Due to a severe abdominal injury requiring emergency surgery, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 234 main event against Kelvin Gastelum", the release said.

The Australian star reportedly fell ill on Saturday night and is having surgery on a hernia on Sunday after being hospitalised.

Extra weight was added to the Adesanya-Silva fight when UFC president Dana White announced on Friday that it would be for the No.1 middleweight contender spot.

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.

But the bout is now off after Whittaker was diagnosed with a hernia in his abdomen overnight, just hours before he was due to step into the Octagon.

A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano that was originally scheduled for the Fight Pass prelims has been moved to the pay-per-view lineup.

Gastelum wished Whittaker a speedy recovery.

As a result, Gastelum will not compete at UFC 234.

Gastelum most recently earned a split decision win over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in Brazil last may.

If not Sonnen, then perhaps a fighter closer to home?



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