Robert Whittaker pulls out of UFC 234 main event due to hernia

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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Offers To Step In And Save The UFC 234 Main Headliner Bout

This marks the second time that Whittaker has been slated to fight in Australia, but been unable to compete because of complications.

Robert Whittaker puts his UFC middleweight championship on the line opposite Kelvin Gastelum in the main event, while Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya take the co-headlining slot.

UFC president Dana White stated that Whittaker began complaining of issues after weighing in Friday night and was taken to a local hospital.

The 43-year-old Brazilian great will face Nigerian-New Zealander Israel Adesanya (15-0) in his comeback fight in Melbourne on Sunday and after making weight, Silva was overcome with emotion. That would have been Whittaker's first bout since being named middleweight champion following Georges St Pierre's surrendering of the title.

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ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto said that White told him the hernia was in no way weight cut related. A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano that was originally scheduled for the Fight Pass prelims has been moved to the pay-per-view lineup.

Follow live updates as three Kiwis fight at UFC 234.

Last year, he was scheduled to defend the title against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221, but he was forced out weeks before the event due to a staph infection that went mistreated.

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