Robert Whittaker undergoes 'emergency surgery' after UFC 234 withdrawal

10 February, 2019, 04:38 | Author: Norman Carr
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In a massive blow to the UFC 234 card, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will have to bow out of the main event due to a "severe abdominal injury requiring emergency surgery" suffered the night before his fight against Kevin Gastelum, the UFC announced Saturday.

Slated to headline UFC 234 against American Kelvin Gastelum at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday, Whittaker was instead rushed to hospital around 2am Sunday morning with a suspected hernia. The issue is not believed to be related to his weight cut.

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

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


Turner wasted no time in scoring his first UFC victory, catching Potter with a crisp counter hook in one of the fight's first exchanges, then following with kicks and punches that finished the Aussie just 53 seconds in.

It means the highly-anticipated No 1 contender match between Adesanya (15-0) and Brazilian legend Anderson Silva (34-8, 1nc) will now serve as the main event. The Early Prelim headlining bout pitting Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Mariano has been elevated to the UFC 234 Pay-Per-View main card.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN on Saturday.

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

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