Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker ruled out for title defense fight

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker ruled out for title defense fight

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker ruled out for title defense fight

"His injury isn't believed to be related to his weight cut". White added that Robert Whittaker will be undergoing the surgery for his hernia later today. Whittaker experienced pain in his abdomen late last night and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hernia.

What was your reaction to the news that Robert Whittaker had been forced out of the UFC 234 main event with an injury?

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

Making the development even more bitter is that almost this same thing happened a year ago with the same fighter, the same country and the same belt on the line.

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The cancellation of the bout poses the question of whether or not Gastelum will get the first shot at Whittaker's belt when he returns from injury, with the victor of the fight between Adesanya and Silva guaranteed a title shot. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.

Now, a year later, history has repeated itself with even worse timing for Dana White. Adesanaya vs. Silva will remain a three-round contest. Adesanya, who fights out of New Zealand, is one of the UFC's most promising prospects, taking on an all-time great in Silva. Now, Adesanya gets the biggest fight of his career thanks to a UFC card being suddenly Whittaker-less again.

Undefeated opponent Adesanya, 29, was also trying to fight off tears heading into the Rod Laver Arena showdown.

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