Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Fighters react to the shocking UFC 234 main event cancellation

Fighters react to the shocking UFC 234 main event cancellation

UFC president Dana White told ESPN that Whittaker complained of pain in his abdomen late last night, and was taken to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hernia and will undergo surgery later today.

The news, in which Whittaker reportedly suffered a hernia, initially came via ESPN's Brett Okamoto. The issue is not believed to be related to his weight cut.

Israel "Style Bender" Adesanya will look to improve his unblemished UFC record to 16-0 this Saturday, February 9, as he takes on veteran Anderson Silva at UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

The UFC 234 main card will begin on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET Saturday.

The bout will determine the next contender to the title, likely after Whittaker defends vs. Gastelum.

The new co-main is the lightweight matchup between Lando Vannata and Marcos Mariano.

He is a heavy favorite going up against the 43-year old Silva, who has not fought in two years, and a victory should catapult the entertaining Style Bender into the main event scene.

Those plans will now be delayed, given Gastelum is next in line for a title shot before the victor of the Adesanya-Silva showdown.

Ironically, injury also forced Whittaker out of his last scheduled title defence in Australia, a UFC 221 clash with Luke Rockhold in Perth.

Silva, 43, broke into tears during the UFC 234 official weigh-in.

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