Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum make weight for UFC 234 title bout

Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum make weight for UFC 234 title bout

Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum make weight for UFC 234 title bout

The news, in which Whittaker reportedly suffered a hernia, initially came via ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

Whittaker reportedly complained of pain in his abdomen around midnight of the previous night and was soon taken to the hospital. "I was told it was not any weight-cutting related issue or anything like that".

The 43-year-old Brazilian great will face Nigerian-New Zealander Israel Adesanya (15-0) in his comeback fight in Melbourne on Sunday and after making weight, Silva was overcome with emotion.

Fighting out of Sydney, Whittaker is the UFC's first titleholder from Australia.

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Whittaker, 28, was forced to pull out of a title defense in February 2018 as a result of injury - representatives for Whittaker have not responded to requests for comment. Now, a year later, history has repeated itself with even worse timing for Dana White.

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.

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

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is known for being ready to fight anyone at any time and if you remember he said yes' to a short notice fight vs. Mike Perry at UFC 226. Now, Adesanya gets the biggest fight of his career thanks to a UFC card being suddenly Whittaker-less again.

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