Robert Whittaker out of UFC 234 title fight with hernia

Robert Whittaker out of UFC 234 title fight with hernia

Robert Whittaker out of UFC 234 title fight with hernia

In the main event of the UFC 234 Aussie middleweight champion Robert Whitaker defends his title against United States rival Kelvin Gastelum.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the news, citing UFC chief Dana White. His injury isn't believed to be related to his weight cut.

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.

Silva was guaranteed a title shot by White if he defeats Adesanya at UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne this weekend. Whittaker is now riding a nine-fight winning streak while being undefeated at middleweight.

Whittaker, fresh off winning the middleweight belt, had been scheduled to mount his first title defense in February 2018 against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.


It's the second Australian headliner that Whittaker has been forced to pull out of.

We haven't seen Whittaker in action since his five-round war with Yoel Romero at UFC 225 last June.

Gastelum won a state wrestling championship in high school, although Whittaker's amateur achievements in freestyle wrestling, as well as his proven ability to stop any-and-every takedown, make it unlikely that this fight spends much time on the ground.

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

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