Hernia takes Whittaker out of fight vs. Gastelum at UFC 234

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Offers To Step In And Save The UFC 234 Main Headliner Bout

Robert Whittaker will put his middleweight championship on the line against challenger Kelvin Gastelum, while Israel Adesanya can earn himself a title shot by taking down UFC legend Anderson Silva.

This is the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight down under, after a range of injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth past year. "I was told it was not any weight-cutting related issue or anything like that".

Elevated to the co-main is the lightweight matchup between American Lando Vannata and Brazilian Marcos Mariano. Whittaker was forced into emergency surgery while UFC 234 lost its hometown hero for the second straight attempt on Australian land.

With the title fight off, UFC 234, which takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass, will see Israel Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) fight Anderson Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) in the new main event.

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UFC president Dana White said Whittaker's injury was unexpected and occurred the previous night.

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is known for being ready to fight anyone at any time and if you remember he said yes' to a short notice fight vs. Mike Perry at UFC 226.

The Sydney-based star has experienced a horror run of injuries and illness throughout his career, including a gruesome abscess infection which forced him to pull out of UFC 221 in 2018.

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