Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum make weight for UFC 234 title bout

Posted February 10, 2019

Robert Whittaker will put his middleweight championship on the line against challenger Kelvin Gastelum, while Israel Adesanya can earn himself a title shot by taking down UFC legend Anderson Silva.

It is understood Whittaker started complaining to his coaching staff late on Saturday evening of pain in his abdomen.

The bout will determine the next contender to the title, likely after Whittaker defends vs. Gastelum.

It is understood a devastated Whittaker will undergo surgery on Sunday.

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ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto said that White told him the hernia was in no way weight cut related.

Whittaker, 28, was forced to pull out of a title defense in February 2018 as a result of injury - representatives for Whittaker have not responded to requests for comment. Lando Vannata and Marcos Mariano's lightweight matchup will also be elevated to co-main status.

Injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth previous year.

Silva, 43, broke into tears during the UFC 234 official weigh-in.

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

With next to no time to find a replacement for Whittaker all the way out in Australia, UFC 234 turned to its old superstar in Silva to headline the event.

Those plans will now be delayed, given Gastelum is next in line for a title shot before the victor of the Adesanya-Silva showdown.

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