UFC 234 pay-per-view guide: Start time, card, how to watch

UFC 234 pay-per-view guide: Start time, card, how to watch

UFC 234 pay-per-view guide: Start time, card, how to watch

Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) came down with a "severe abdominal injury", according to UFC officials, and was deemed unable to compete in tonight's title-fight headliner against Kelvin Gastelum (16-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC).

But the bout is now off after Whittaker was diagnosed with a hernia in his abdomen overnight, just hours before he was due to step into the Octagon.

The new main event of the card will be a three-round middleweight fight between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya, which was initially the co-main event.

Per Okamoto, the hernia was not related to Whittaker's weight cut.

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

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For all the good luck that the UFC had in keeping fights scheduled through January, February is not starting off the same way.

With next to no time to find a replacement for Whittaker all the way out in Australia, UFC 234 turned to its old superstar in Silva to headline the event. Whittaker was forced into emergency surgery while UFC 234 lost its hometown hero for the second straight attempt on Australian land.

Now, a year later, history has repeated itself with even worse timing for Dana White. Adesanya, who fights out of New Zealand, is one of the UFC's most promising prospects, taking on an all-time great in Silva.

Undefeated opponent Adesanya, 29, was also trying to fight off tears heading into the Rod Laver Arena showdown.

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