UFC 234 was an attractive even with Whittaker facing Kelvin Gastelum for the middleweight title and Adesanya/Silva vying for the right to fight the victor, but Whittaker's exit has turned the event on its head.
"According to White, Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) started to complain of pain in his abdomen late last night and was taken to the hospital".
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UFC 234 will now be headlined by a three-round middleweight main event featuring former division kingpin Anderson Silva taking on rising contender Isreal Adesanya.
Kiwi Israel Adesanya will now be headlining UFC 234 in Melbourne on Sunday against Anderson Silva.
This marks the second time that Whittaker has been slated to fight in Australia, but been unable to compete because of complications.
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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.
UFC President Dana White later confirmed the 28-year-old would be undertaking surgery today. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass. 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.
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