Robert Whittaker undergoes 'emergency surgery' after UFC 234 withdrawal

Lewis Collier
February 10, 2019

In the co-main event, former middleweight champion Anderson Silva (34-8) weighed in at 186 pounds for his non-title fight against Israel Adesanya (15-0). He later informed Okamoto that Whittaker would be going into surgery Saturday (North American time) to take care of the hernia.

ESPN's Ariel Helwani does not paint a pretty picture of what occurred that night.

What was your reaction to the news that Robert Whittaker had been forced out of the UFC 234 main event with an injury?

UFC legend Anderson Silva broke down in tears as he prepares to make his long-awaited return at UFC 234 in Australia. About a month before the event, Whittaker had to pull out with a staph infection in his stomach.

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Extra weight was added to the Adesanya-Silva fight when UFC president Dana White announced on Friday that it would be for the No.1 middleweight contender spot.

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

Despite being elevated to the main event, Adesanya's bout will remain a three-round fight. Adesanya, who fights out of New Zealand, is one of the UFC's most promising prospects, taking on an all-time great in Silva.

Adesanya, 29, is now ranked sixth in the UFC Middleweight division, coming off a first round TKO victory against Derek Brunson at UFC 230 back in November.

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