Hernia takes Whittaker out of fight vs. Gastelum at UFC 234

10 February, 2019, 05:38 | Author: Jared Lewis
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Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) will no longer be challenging Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) after the champion pulled out of UFC 234 due to a hernia issue that developed overnight and required "emergency surgery".

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.

UFC 234 takes place from Melbourne, Australia and the Rod Laver Arena. A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano that was originally scheduled for the Fight Pass prelims has been moved to the pay-per-view lineup.

But plans for Whittaker's first official title defence were thrown into disarray late on Saturday night when the 29-year-old complained of pain in his abdomen before being diagnosed with a hernia in hospital.

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ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto said that White told him the hernia was in no way weight cut related.

Follow live updates as three Kiwis fight at UFC 234.

Silva (34-8-0, 1 NC), one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history who held the middleweight title for seven years between 2006 and 2013, has not stepped foot in the octagon since his win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in 2017.

Gastelum's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, appeared on ESPN Radio following the news of Whittaker's withdrawal and said he believes his client will be compensated by the UFC brass.

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