Emergency surgical procedure sees Whittaker cancel title defence

Australian UFC champion Robert Whittaker has been pressured to desert his title defence as a result of a extreme stomach harm requiring emergency surgical procedure. The middleweight had hoped a raucous residence crowd in Melbourne would assist him maintain his world title towards former bounty hunter American Kelvin Gastelum within the Octagon on Sunday. Nevertheless plans for Whittaker’s first official title defence had been thrown into disarray late on Saturday evening when the 29-year-old complained of stomach ache earlier than being recognized with a hernia in hospital. His withdrawal was made official on Sunday morning. The three-round middleweight match between rising New Zealand sensation Israel Adesanya (15-Zero) and Brazilian legend Anderson Silva (34-Eight, 1nc) will now function the primary occasion. Elevated to the co-main is the light-weight match-up between Albuquerque motion hero Lando Vannata and surging Brazilian Marcos Mariano. The wildly in style UFC 234 card offered out in simply eight minutes. Whittaker (20-Four) is on a nine-fight profitable streak and hasn’t misplaced in 5 years though he was on the comeback after breaking his hand in his epic showdown with Yoel Romero final June. Gastelum (15-Three plus one no contest) had predicted the struggle would end in a primary spherical knock-out. “He may – lots of people have stated that,” Whittaker stated in Melbourne on Friday.