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

Angelo Anderson
February 10, 2019

ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the news, citing UFC chief Dana White.

UFC 234 will move forward with Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva taking over the headlining slot.

Whittaker was hoping his health woes were behind him and said before he was ruled out that he was relishing the test Gastelum posed.

But plans for Whittaker's first official title defence were thrown into disarray late on Saturday night when the 29-year-old complained of pain in his abdomen before being diagnosed with a hernia in hospital.

Whittaker's withdrawal is a huge blow to UFC 234. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass, the UFC's digital streaming network.

It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight in Australia. About a month before the event, Whittaker had to pull out with a staph infection in his stomach.

Upon his entry, Adesanya was compared to former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in fight style and appearance, but the announcement of a fight against middleweight veteran Anderson Silva quickly turned heads.

The loss of Whittaker will certainly be a massive disappointment for many fans with UFC 234 tickets.

Elevated to the co-main is the lightweight matchup between Albuquerque action hero Lando Vannata and surging Brazilian Marcos Mariano.

The UFC 234 weigh-ins took place today and the fighters met face-to-face for the last time. Now, Adesanya gets the biggest fight of his career thanks to a UFC card being suddenly Whittaker-less again.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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