UFC: Robert Whittaker hospitalised with a hernia, pulls pin on title fight

Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

Israel "Style Bender" Adesanya will look to improve his unblemished UFC record to 16-0 this Saturday, February 9, as he takes on veteran Anderson Silva at UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth previous year.

In the main event, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) puts his title up against challenger Kelvin Gastelum (15-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC). White has also confirmed that Whittaker will be heading into surgery today to correct the issue that's forced this sudden change of events.

"He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a hernia", ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto revealed.




The loss of Whittaker, who is on a nine-fight win streak, will certainly be a massive disappointment for many fans with UFC 234 tickets.

Because his next fight against Yael Romero was a non-title bout after Romero missed weight, Whittaker still has yet to officially defend his belt a year into his status as middleweight champ.

This marks the second time that Whittaker has been slated to fight in Australia, but been unable to compete because of complications.

UFC fighters Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva. We still will be getting what should be a stellar middleweight showcase in the main event with a prominent name attached - it just won't be contested for the 185-pound title.

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