Australia’s UFC middlweight champion Robert Whittaker will not defend his belt on home soil on Sunday.
A hernia has forced Whittaker out of his middleweight championship defence against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena.
The highly-anticipated No. 1 contender match between rising New Zealand sensation Israel Adesanya and Brazilian legend Anderson Silva will now serve as the main event.
Plans for Whittaker’s first official title defence were thrown into disarray late last night when the 29-year-old complained of pain in his abdomen before being diagnosed with a hernia in hospital.
More to come.