Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker ruled out for title defense fight

10 February, 2019, 05:41 | Author: Heather Diaz
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The news, in which Whittaker reportedly suffered a hernia, initially came via ESPN's Brett Okamoto. "His injury isn't believed to be related to his weight cut".

UFC's rising star Israel Adesanya (15-0) and Anderson Silva (34-8) will now headline UFC 234, with the victor promised a shot at the title later in the year although now with Whittaker off the card the potential date is uncertain.

ESPN's Ariel Helwani does not paint a pretty picture of what occurred that night.

Making the development even more bitter is that almost this same thing happened a year ago with the same fighter, the same country and the same belt on the line.

This is the second time that Whittaker was scheduled to defend the UFC middleweight title in Australia, only for injury to prevent such a thing from happening. Now, a year later, history has repeated itself with even worse timing for Dana White. That would have been Whittaker's first bout since being named middleweight champion following Georges St Pierre's surrendering of the title.

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Earlier this week, White had said the winners of the Whittaker-Gastelum and Adesanya-Silva fights would meet later this year.

UFC legend Anderson Silva broke down in tears as he prepares to make his long-awaited return at UFC 234 in Australia.

A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano will now move to the main card. Adesanaya vs. Silva will remain a three-round contest.

There are a total of five fights on the main card.

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