Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Robert Whittaker rushed to hospital with hernia, title fight called off

Robert Whittaker rushed to hospital with hernia, title fight called off

According to a report by ESPN, Whittaker suffered a hernia in his abdomen and could not be cleared to compete. "I was told it was not any weight-cutting related issue or anything like that".

It means the no less anticipated co-main event between Israel "The Last Stylebender" Adesanya and Brazilian legend Anderson Silva will top proceedings Down Under.

Fighting out of Sydney, Whittaker is the UFC's first titleholder from Australia. The event was scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Australia, due to the 28-year-old's status as the first Australian to hold a UFC belt. Now, a year later, history has repeated itself with even worse timing for Dana White. The bout will determine the next contender to the title, likely after Whittaker defends vs. Gastelum.

Gastelum's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, appeared on ESPN Radio following the news of Whittaker's withdrawal and said he believes his client will be compensated by the UFC brass.

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

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" victor has been working for a chance at UFC gold for a long time.

A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano will now move to the main card. Now, Adesanya gets the biggest fight of his career thanks to a UFC card being suddenly Whittaker-less again.

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