By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Robert Whittaker has been removed from the UFC 234 main event. That fight has been removed from the main event from the Rod Laver Arena card.
Okamoto said that Whittaker — who is from Australia — has to go to the hospital after the weigh-ins on Friday. Once there, it was discovered that he was suffering from a hernia.
This may cause Whittaker to have surgery. This is the second straight year, according to Okamoto, that Whittaker could not fight in front of his home fans.
The 28-year-old Sydney, New South Wales, Australia native has a 20-4 record. The Middleweight champion was slated to fight Kelvin Gastelum in the main event.
Whittaker was bringing his nine-fight win streak into this bout. Now, he’s going to take time off to get healed before fighting again.
He has not fought since June 9, 2018 against Yoel Romero. He won a split decision after the fight went the distance.
Whittaker and Gastelum will now be replaced by Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva as the main event.
This is the second main event card to be impacted by injuries. Light Heavyweight Jim Crute was originally scheduled to face Ryan Spann before he had to withdraw due to injury.
Spann was replaced by Sam Alvey on Jan. 25.