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UFC 234 'Whittaker Vs. Gastelum' Top Three Fighters To Watch

UFC 234 'Whittaker Vs. Gastelum' Top Three Fighters To Watch

Whittaker experienced pain in his abdomen late last night and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hernia.

MELBOURNE, Australia - An abdominal hernia has forced UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker out of his highly anticipated title defense against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234, just hours before doors were scheduled to open at Rod Laver Arena.

In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8) weighed in at 186 pounds for his non-title fight against Israel Adesanya (15-0).

UFC officials have said the fight will remain over three rounds, and not go to five - as is the case for headline events.

Abdelaziz said White told him that the UFC will "take care" of Gastelum.

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

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UFC President Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN on Saturday.

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

"Due to change in the main event, customers may request a full refund of their purchased tickets at the point of sale".

Gastelum, of California, is riding a two-fight win streak, including a split-decision victory over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

On Saturday, Whittaker and Gastelum both made weight, with "The Reaper" coming in at 185-pounds and the American challenger at 184-pounds.