UFC President Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN
on Saturday. Whittaker experienced pain in his abdomen late last
night and was taken to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a
hernia. The issue is not believed to be related to his weight
As a result, the middleweight co-main event between Israel
Adesanya and Anderson
Silva will be elevated to the new UFC 234 headliner. Adesanaya
vs. Silva will remain a three-round contest. A lightweight clash
Vannata and Marcos
Rosa Mariano that was originally scheduled for the Fight Pass
prelims has been moved to the pay-per-view lineup.
UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
Injury also forced Whittaker to pull out of his last scheduled
title defense in Australia, a UFC 221 clash against Luke
Rockhold. “The Reaper” last appeared at UFC 225 in June, where
he captured a five-round split decision against Yoel Romero
for his ninth consecutive triumph.