Israel Adesanya Emulates The Rock, Stone Cold At UFC 234 Workout

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The new main event, which airs live on Pay-Per-View, will be a three-round middleweight bout between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya.

Australian middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been ruled out of his title defense main event fight at UFC 234 in Melbourne against American contender Kelvin Gastelum after suffering a hernia injury. Adesanaya vs. Silva will remain a three-round contest.

The UFC confirmed the news in a press release on Sunday morning.

Whittaker was set to defend his title for the first time since becoming interim champion at UFC 213.

But plans for Whittaker's first official title defence were thrown into disarray late on Saturday night when the 29-year-old complained of pain in his abdomen before being diagnosed with a hernia in hospital.

Those plans will now be delayed, given Gastelum is next in line for a title shot before the victor of the Adesanya-Silva showdown.

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UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from Sunday's bout due to a hernia.

A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano will now move to the main card.

"Due to change in the main event, customers may request a full refund of their purchased tickets at the point of sale".

Gastelum wished Whittaker a speedy recovery.

Gastelum, of California, is riding a two-fight win streak, including a split-decision victory over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

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