Robert Whittaker off UFC 234 card, new main event set

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Hours before the UFC 234 pay-per-view from Australia, the card lost its main event when it was reported that middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was off the card.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN reported Saturday afternoon that the fight with Kelvin Gastelum was canceled after Whittaker was forced off the card due to a hernia. Okamoto spoke with UFC president Dana White, who stated that Whittaker was complaining of pain in his abdomen the night prior and was taken to the hospital. Okamoto later added that Whittaker was scheduled for surgery today.

The middleweight fight between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya will serve as the new main event of the card tonight in Melbourne.

The Fight Pass preliminary fight between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano has been moved up to the pay-per-view main card.

Here is the updated card:

MAIN CARD (10 pm Eastern on pay-per-view)
*Anderson Silva vs. Israel Adesanya
*Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Mariano
*Rani Yahya vs. Ricky Simon
*Montana De La Rosa vs. Nadia Kassem
*Jimmy Crute vs. Sam Alvey

PRELIMINARY CARD (8 pm on ESPN, TSN 5 in Canada)
*Devote Smith vs. Dong Hyun Ma
*Austin Arnett vs. Shane Young
*Kai Kara France vs. Raulian Paiva
*Kyung Ho Kang vs. Teruto Ishihara

*Jalin Turner vs. Callan Porter
*Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez

Ah so after a long day at work, I come home and check the POST wrestling website, as I often do, to see if John has started the live report for 234. And I read this.

This is (on paper) arguably the worst card in UFC history. Not just PPV card, but this is worst then most fight pass cards. I feel for the fans in Melbourne who paid for the card, I feel for Gastelum and I feel for Robert Whittaker, who’s been the best middleweight in the world since 2017 and has yet to fight for the undisputed middleweight title, despite being champion.

Man, this card is a mess. And Anderson Silva, I am just fearful for that match.

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