Medical Emergency Knocks Robert Whittaker Out of the UFC 234 Main Event

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UFC 234 was an attractive even with Whittaker facing Kelvin Gastelum for the middleweight title and Adesanya/Silva vying for the right to fight the victor, but Whittaker's exit has turned the event on its head.

However, earlier this afternoon UFC President Dana White revealed to ESPN's Brett Okamoto that Whittaker had been forced off the card due to injury. The issue is not believed to be related to his weight cut. White added that Robert Whittaker will be undergoing the surgery for his hernia later today.

Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) came down with a "severe abdominal injury", according to UFC officials, and was deemed unable to compete in tonight's title-fight headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC).

This marks the second time that Whittaker has been slated to fight in Australia, but been unable to compete because of complications.

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Elevated to the co-main is the lightweight matchup between Albuquerque action hero Lando Vannata and surging Brazilian Marcos Mariano. Adesanaya vs. Silva will remain a three-round contest.

UFC 234 takes place from Melbourne, Australia and the Rod Laver Arena.

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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