Robert Whittaker rushed to hospital with hernia, title fight called off

Robert Whittaker rushed to hospital with hernia, title fight called off

Robert Whittaker rushed to hospital with hernia, title fight called off

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.

In the main event of the UFC 234 Aussie middleweight champion Robert Whitaker defends his title against United States rival Kelvin Gastelum.

"According to White, Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) started to complain of pain in his abdomen late last night and was taken to the hospital". That would have been Whittaker's first bout since being named middleweight champion following Georges St Pierre's surrendering of the title.

The New Zealand-born Australian was due to headline his home event at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday (03:00 GMT).

Elevated to the co-main is the lightweight matchup between Albuquerque action hero Lando Vannata and surging Brazilian Marcos Mariano.


Earlier this week, White had said the winners of the Whittaker-Gastelum and Adesanya-Silva fights would meet later this year.

He later said Whittaker would be undergoing surgery on Sunday for the problem.

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

Silva (34-8-0, 1 NC), one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in UFC history who held the middleweight title for seven years between 2006 and 2013, has not stepped foot in the octagon since his win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in 2017.

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