Just hours out, UFC 234 has actually lost its main event.
Robert Whittaker cant defend his middleweight title defense versus Kelvin Gastelum because of a hernia in his abdominal area, ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Saturday afternoon.
Whittaker was sent to the medical facility early Saturday early morning (late Saturday night local time in Melbourne, Australia) after grumbling about a pain. There, he was detected with the rupture.
According to Okamoto, Whittaker is set up to undertake surgical treatment on Saturday for the hernia.
With the cancellation, a middleweight spell between Anderson Silva and also Israel Adesanya is the brand-new UFC 234 headliner. Prior To Whittaker vs. Gastelum was off, Silva vs. Adesanya was expected to identify the No. 1 contender at 185 pounds.
Whittaker is coming off a non-title win over Yoel Romero in a rematch, which lots of think about 2018’s “Battle of the Year.” Whittaker was anticipated to make his first title protection in that battle, yet Romero missed weight for it.
Whittaker won the interim title in his very first fight with Romero in July 2017, as well as was promoted to undisputed champion later that year after Georges St-Pierre abandoned the belt.
Gastelum is coming off a sway Ronaldo Souza last year. He has won 2 in a row.
UFC 234 happens Saturday night at Pole Laver Sector in Melbourne, Australia. Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa has actually been advertised to co-main event from the early preliminary card.