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

Tanya Cunningham
February 10, 2019

The "people's main event" has become the official main event at UFC 234 in Melbourne after middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from the card with a hernia.

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

The New Zealand-born Australian was due to headline his home event at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday (03:00 GMT).

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).

Kelvin Gastelum is trying to put a positive spin on losing his chance to fight for the middleweight title at UFC 234. Adesanaya vs. Silva will remain a three-round contest. "His injury isn't believed to be related to his weight cut".

UFC president Dana White stated that Whittaker began complaining of issues after weighing in Friday night and was taken to a local hospital. The Aussie champ was diagnosed with a hernia and was set to undergo surgery, according to White.

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" victor has been working for a chance at UFC gold for a long time.

The 28-year-old was scheduled to defend his belt against Yoel Romero at UFC 225, but the fight was changed to a non-title bout after Romero missed weight.

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