Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Torn' Kelvin Gastelum Releases Statement Regarding UFC 234 Main Event Cancellation

'Torn' Kelvin Gastelum Releases Statement Regarding UFC 234 Main Event Cancellation

Anderson Silva against Israel Adesanya has been moved up to the main event.

It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight down under, after a range of injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth previous year.

A devastated Whittaker was set to undergo surgery on Sunday after the hernia left him vomiting the night before.

For all the good luck that the UFC had in keeping fights scheduled through January, February is not starting off the same way. "It wasn't a weight-cutting related issue or anything like that, it's just a very unfortunate hernia issue which may even require a procedure".

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

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Whittaker was taken to hospital on Saturday morning, a source told ESPN's Ariel Helwani.

While the promotion did receive a pair of short-notice offers from both Donald Cerrone and Chael Sonnen to help save tonight's UFC 234 event, officials ultimately chose to pull Kelvin Gastelum from tonight's fight card.

It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight in Australia.

Earlier this week, White had said the winners of the Whittaker-Gastelum and Adesanya-Silva fights would meet later this year. They were initially slated to be the co-main event in Melbourne.

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