Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

According to a report by ESPN, Whittaker suffered a hernia in his abdomen and could not be cleared to compete.

UFC 234 will move forward with Israel Adesanya vs. Anderson Silva taking over the headlining slot.

Whittaker's manager Titus Day told The Daily Telegraph his fighter started suffering from bloating shortly after Saturday's weigh-in.

Making the development even more bitter is that almost this same thing happened a year ago with the same fighter, the same country and the same belt on the line.

For all the good luck that the UFC had in keeping fights scheduled through January, February is not starting off the same way. About a month before the event, Whittaker had to pull out with a staph infection in his stomach.

Because his next fight against Yoel Romero was a non-title bout after Romero missed weight, Whittaker still has yet to officially defend his belt a year into his status as middleweight champ.

The new co-main is the lightweight matchup between Lando Vannata and Marcos Mariano.

He is a heavy favorite going up against the 43-year old Silva, who has not fought in two years, and a victory should catapult the entertaining Style Bender into the main event scene.

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

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN on Saturday.

There are a total of five fights on the main card.

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