Whittaker out of title defence at UFC 234

Dana White: Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya UFC title fight would be 'massive'

Dana White: Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya UFC title fight would be 'massive'

Whittaker has a hernia that requires urgent surgery.

A non-title middleweight bout between rising star Israel Adesanya (15-0) and Anderson Silva (34-8) will now headline UFC 234, which sold out in minutes when tickets first went on sale.

Kelvin Gastelum is no longer on the card. That is when tests revealed the champ would need surgery.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN on Saturday.

Turner wasted no time in scoring his first UFC victory, catching Potter with a crisp counter hook in one of the fight's first exchanges, then following with kicks and punches that finished the Aussie just 53 seconds in.

A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano that was originally scheduled for the Fight Pass prelims has been moved to the pay-per-view lineup. They were initially slated to be the co-main event in Melbourne.

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

Gastelum wished Whittaker a speedy recovery.

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

Gastelum most recently earned a split decision win over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in Brazil last may.

The cancellation of the bout poses the question of whether or not Gastelum will get the first shot at Whittaker's belt when he returns from injury, with the victor of the fight between Adesanya and Silva guaranteed a title shot.

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