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

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

While the highly-anticipated bout between Whittaker and Gastelum in Melbourne has now been scrapped, the co-main event between New Zealand excitement machine Israel Adesanya and Brazil's living legend Anderson Silva will now take centre stage.

Anderson Silva against Israel Adesanya has been moved up to the main event.

UFC 234 has taken a sudden hit on the day of the event, as UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been forced out of his main event title defense against Kelvin Gastelum. The issue is not believed to be related to his weight cut.

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

In a later statement, UFC said Whittaker had undergone emergency surgery due to a "severe abdominal injury".

UFC 234 has been plunged into turmoil by Robert Whittaker's injury exit on Saturday night.

It is understood Whittaker started complaining to his coaching staff late on Saturday evening of pain in his abdomen.

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" victor has been working for a chance at UFC gold for a long time.

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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