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Medical Emergency Knocks Robert Whittaker Out of the UFC 234 Main Event

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But the bout is now off after Whittaker was diagnosed with a hernia in his abdomen overnight, just hours before he was due to step into the Octagon.

MELBOURNE, Australia - UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and challenger Kelvin Gastelum each made weight on Friday for their 185-pound title fight on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena.

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

As a result, the co-main between Brazilian great Anderson Silva and New Zealand phenom Israel Adesanya will now become the headline event.

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

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.

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A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano will now move to the main card.

Gastelum took to social media to let his fans know what was happening.

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

On Twitter, Gastelum also wished Whittaker well in his recovery.

"With much sorrow I write that my fight for the middleweight title is off", wrote Gastelum.

In Australia working for ESPN, Sonnen is now contracted to Bellator, but said the promotion had allowed him to step in if necessary.

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