Whittaker out of fight vs. Gastelum at UFC 234

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MELBOURNE, Australia - An abdominal hernia has forced UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker out of his highly anticipated title defense against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234, just hours before doors opened at Rod Laver Arena.

"I think we can give him a pass for not showing up to work", White said of Whittaker. Whittaker, according to White, is expected to miss four to eight weeks.

"Rob said he was a bit bloated and a little bit exhausted which is not uncommon when you are going through the process they are going through, reloading and putting some food back in your body", Day told Australian Associated Press.

The middleweight champ was thrust into emergency surgery for a hernia and twisted bowels.

However, he was more forgiving after he learned of Whittaker's severe injuries that forced him to call off the bout. "It's not going to keep me down forever, I'll be back better than ever".

UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is recovering from surgery to fix a collapsed bowel after his withdrawal from UFC 234.

Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya is now the most important matchup on the card, and Silva was remarkably emotional at this week's weigh-in.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Anderson Silva spent 15 minutes at UFC 234 on Sunday (Saturday in the United States) trying to find that one flash of magic that's defined his entire career - but it never came.

Appearing on ESPN Radio with Ariel Helwani, Derek Brunson said that he expects his next fight to be against 14th ranked middleweight, Toronto-native Elias Theodorou.

Gastelum is coming off wins against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Michael Bisping.

Brunson said that the targeted date and location for the proposed bout was on May 4 in Ottawa, however TSN has learned that the event details have not been finalized and that Quebec City is a potential destination for Canada's first UFC event of 2019.

The UFC offered refunds to disappointed fans who had bought tickets to see Whittaker in action, but only a handful of fans accepted them. He is on a nine-fight winning streak.

The UFC will seek a replacement opponent.

The three judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 and it was deemed the Fight of the Night, with both men earning a US$50,000 bonus.

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