Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

Israel "Style Bender" Adesanya will look to improve his unblemished UFC record to 16-0 this Saturday, February 9, as he takes on veteran Anderson Silva at UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Rising New Zealand sensation Israel Adesanya will suddenly become part of the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne on Sunday, after Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw due to a hernia.

The Australian star reportedly fell ill on Saturday night and is having surgery on a hernia on Sunday after being hospitalised.

Despite being elevated to the main event, Adesanya's bout will remain a three-round fight.

Whittaker's withdrawal has thrown a spanner in the works for UFC president Dana White, who was banking on the winners of the main and co-main events to square off later this year.

The hype surrounding the Adesanya-Silva fight has been arguably just as big as the Whittaker-Gastelum showdown, if not bigger.

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A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano will now move to the main card.

According to UFC officials (via MMAJunkie) Whittaker came down with a "severe abdominal injury" that will keep the middleweight champion from defending his title tonight.

"Due to change in the main event, customers may request a full refund of their purchased tickets at the point of sale".

As a result, Gastelum will not compete at UFC 234.

Gastelum wished Whittaker a speedy recovery.

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