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

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

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

Robert Whittaker pulled out of his scheduled middleweight championship fight at UFC 234 against Kelvin Gastelum due to a hernia in his abdomen, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.

The UFC will stage its first pay-per-view of 2019 from Australia, and fight fans at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne - home of the Australian Open - will see two massive middleweight matchups. White added that Robert Whittaker will be undergoing the surgery for his hernia later today.

Taking its place at the top of the bill will be the former co-main event between Kiwi phenom Israel Adesanya and Brazilian legend Anderson Silva.

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

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

Despite being elevated to the main event, Adesanya's bout will remain a three-round fight.

A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano will now move to the main card.

Those plans will now be delayed, given Gastelum is next in line for a title shot before the victor of the Adesanya-Silva showdown.

Silva, 43, broke into tears during the UFC 234 official weigh-in.

Extra weight was added to the Adesanya-Silva fight when UFC president Dana White announced on Friday that it would be for the No.1 middleweight contender spot.

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