Whittaker out of fight vs. Gastelum at UFC 234

Bessie Dean
February 11, 2019

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was removed from the UFC 234 main event and rushed into surgery on Saturday after being diagnosed with an internal hernia and a collapsed bowel. All three judges awarded the three-round fight to Adesanya: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

While Silva has been in numerous high-profile bouts over the course of his illustrious career, it was some added pressure for Adesanya, who has been tabbed as one the promotion's rising stars.

Israel Adesanya punches Anderson Silva.

Undefeated middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya (16-0) defeated the all-time great via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 234 inside Rod Laver Arena.

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Whittaker's title defence against Kelvin Gastelum was canned but UFC president Dana White confirmed after Adesanya's victory that Whittaker would hold the belt "for now".

Late in the first round, Adesanya turned the tables on Silva by showcasing a flashy array of strikes and then putting one hand behind his back and inviting the former champion to come after him like he was Neo in "The Matrix". "I was saying [Friday], any oddsmakers that makes Anderson Silva 7-to-1 [underdog] is out of their mind". The two athletes showed off an array of creative striking exchanges and ultimately the better of those went to the younger Adesanya. "Crazy week. I showed up to work, a lot of people didn't even though it's out of their hands".

Adesanya was obviously referencing middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, who pulled out of the UFC 234 main event just hours before the card was slated to start after he was forced into emergency surgery for a hernia.

It continued a awful run of bad luck and health issues for 28-year-old Whittaker since he won the interim title in 2017. The UFC boss said Whittaker is expected to be out four to six weeks, though that is not necessarily an exact timetable. And although the Brazilian fought back with a couple of punches to Adesanya's chin, the Kiwi won the first round. "This is my heart. And here I am, I'm gonna go home with the belt". "Hopefully, I'll fight in Curitiba". His family was fighting with him because he didn't want to go to the hospital.

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