'Torn' Kelvin Gastelum Releases Statement Regarding UFC 234 Main Event Cancellation

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In a later statement, UFC said Whittaker had undergone emergency surgery due to a "severe abdominal injury".

Anderson Silva against Israel Adesanya has been moved up to the main event.

Adesanya vs Silva will be the co-main event of UFC 234, with Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker putting his title on the line against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event.

UFC president Dana White told ESPN that Whittaker had been taken to hospital after complaining of stomach pain and was diagnosed with a hernia.

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For all the good luck that the UFC had in keeping fights scheduled through January, February is not starting off the same way.

ESPN's Ariel Helwani does not paint a pretty picture of what occurred that night, with Whittaker now in surgery.

Silva, 43, broke into tears during the UFC 234 official weigh-in. The bout will determine the next contender to the title, likely after Whittaker defends vs. Gastelum.

It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight in Australia. The Brazilian will take on a fighter 14 years his junior in Adesanya, who is sixth in the UFC middleweight rankings and 15-0 in his MMA career. We still will be getting what should be a stellar middleweight showcase in the main event with a prominent name attached - it just won't be contested for the 185-pound title.