Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Robert Whittaker posts video statement from hospital after UFC 234 withdrawal

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Shannon Reynolds | 12 February, 2019, 00:15

But, in the end, Adesanya's ability to control the distance was enough to earn him a unanimous decision from the judges (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

According to UFC president Dana White in his post-UFC 234 news conference, Gastelum had borrowed flyweight champion Henry Cejudo's title belt.

As a result of the eleventh-hour cancellation, Israel Adesanya's 185lbs showdown with Anderson Silva was promoted to the main event. I was fighting the doctors all the way up until they said, 'You have to get surgery or you're going to lose part of your bowel.' Or it could be potentially fatal.

Silva said it was the equivalent of facing Michel Jordan in basketball.

Israel Adesanya lands a right hand strike on Anderson Silva during his unanimous decision victory.

The Last Stylebender ended up picking up the win via decision after three rounds, but The Spider did catch the attention of one Conor McGregor, who laid out a respectful challenge for the 43-year-old.

'I turned up to fight, ' he said, declaring he was the champion as Whittaker had effectively forfeited the fight.

The star, originally from Auckland in New Zealand, went on to thank his coaches, management, friends and family for their unwavering support, and gave a special shout-out to his teammates.

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It was widely expected to be a one-sided bout in favor of the younger fighter, the heaviest opposing favorite in Silva's illustrious career.

"I do this s*** for real, and I do it against the best".

Lando Vannata, Ricky Simon, Montana De La Rosa and Jimmy Crute were also victorious on the main card. Whittaker underwent emergency surgery Sunday.

"Then about 10 o'clock we got a call from (Whittaker's wife) Sofia saying he's got some bad stomach cramps and he's in quite a lot of pain and can't sleep.it got to the stage at about three in the morning where he was taken to hospital".

Gastelum tweeted with "much sorrow" that the fight was off, but showed sympathy for Whittaker's plight.

The UFC said in a statement that customers may request a full refund owing to the change in the main event.

As a sign of respect, Adesanya lifted Silva's arm up to the crowd to make sure arguably the greatest UFC fighter in history got the recognition he deserved. Subscribe to get all the latest UFC content: http://bit.ly/2uJRzRR Experience UFC live with UFC FIGHT PASS, the digital subscription service of the UFC.

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