Medical Emergency Knocks Robert Whittaker Out of the UFC 234 Main Event

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"It wasn't a weight-cutting related issue or anything like that, it's just a very unfortunate hernia issue which may even require a procedure".

Shortly before the pay-per-view card was set to begin, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the devastating news of Whittaker being out of the fight due to hernia located in his abdomen that would require a surgical procedure.

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

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Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) came down with a "severe abdominal injury", according to UFC officials, and was deemed unable to compete in tonight's title-fight headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC).

The loss of Whittaker, who is on a nine-fight win streak, will certainly be a massive disappointment for many fans with UFC 234 tickets.

Tune in Saturday, Feb. 9 (across North America, Feb. 10 local time in Melbourne), for full UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum Live Results.

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Abdelaziz said White told him that the UFC will "take care" of Gastelum.

UFC President Dana White later confirmed the 28-year-old would be undertaking surgery today.

Elevated to the co-main is the lightweight matchup between American Lando Vannata and Brazilian Marcos Mariano. Now, Adesanya gets the biggest fight of his career thanks to a UFC card being suddenly Whittaker-less again.

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