Whittaker out of UFC 234 due to hernia surgery

Sheila Mcguire
February 10, 2019

White added that Robert Whittaker will be undergoing the surgery for his hernia later today.

UFC president Dana White told ESPN that Whittaker complained of pain in his abdomen late Saturday night (Australian time) and was taken to a local hospital.

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Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) came down with a "severe abdominal injury", according to UFC officials, and was deemed unable to compete in tonight's title-fight headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC).

UFC 234 will now be headlined by a three-round middleweight main event featuring former division kingpin Anderson Silva taking on rising contender Isreal Adesanya.

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What was your reaction to the news that Robert Whittaker had been forced out of the UFC 234 main event with an injury? The Brazilian will take on a fighter 14 years his junior in Adesanya, who is sixth in the UFC middleweight rankings and 15-0 in his MMA career. 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.

Kiwi Israel Adesanya will now be headlining UFC 234 in Melbourne on Sunday against Anderson Silva.

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Adesanya, 29, is now ranked sixth in the UFC Middleweight division, coming off a first round TKO victory against Derek Brunson at UFC 230 back in November. Adesanya, 29, also made weight at 186 pounds.

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