Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Whittaker out of UFC 234 due to hernia surgery

Whittaker out of UFC 234 due to hernia surgery

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittakerwas forced to undergo "emergency surgery" in the immediate aftermath of his sudden withdrawal from the UFC 234 main event. Whittaker reportedly complained of pain in his abdomen around midnight of the previous night and was soon taken to the hospital.

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.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, who spoke to MMAjunkie on the condition of anonymity, Whittaker began feeling symptoms overnight, hours after successfully making weight for UFC 234.

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.

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The hype surrounding the Adesanya-Silva fight has been arguably just as big as the Whittaker-Gastelum showdown, if not bigger.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the news, citing UFC chief Dana White.

Tune in Saturday, Feb. 9 (across North America, Feb. 10 local time in Melbourne), for full UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum Live Results. Lando Vannata and Marcos Mariano's lightweight matchup will also be elevated to co-main status.

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