Whittaker out of title defence at UFC 234

Whittaker out of title defence at UFC 234

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

The event is going down on February 10, 2019 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

The news, in which Whittaker reportedly suffered a hernia, initially came via ESPN's Brett Okamoto. "It wasn't a weight-cutting related issue or anything like that, it's just a very unfortunate hernia issue which may even require a procedure".

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Gastelum will not compete as a result of Whittaker's injury, and the original co-headliner between unbeaten Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and former UFC champ Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) has been pushed to the top of the card.

At this time, there is no word on when the fight between Whittaker and Gastelum will be rescheduled. The Early Prelim headlining bout pitting Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Mariano has been elevated to the UFC 234 Pay-Per-View main card.

Ironically, injury also forced Whittaker out of his last scheduled title defence in Australia, a UFC 221 clash with Luke Rockhold in Perth. Adesanya, who fights out of New Zealand, is one of the UFC's most promising prospects, taking on an all-time great in Silva. Whittaker was forced into emergency surgery while UFC 234 lost its hometown hero for the second straight attempt on Australian land.

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