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

Nigeria’s UFC World Middleweight title contender Israel Adesanya

The news, in which Whittaker reportedly suffered a hernia, initially came via ESPN's Brett Okamoto.

Whittaker was due to take on Gastelum in an eagerly-awaited match-up at the top of the bill on home soil at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday local time. "I was told it was not any weight-cutting related issue or anything like that".

A non-title middleweight bout between rising star Israel Adesanya (15-0) and Anderson Silva (34-8) will now headline UFC 234, which sold out in minutes when tickets first went on sale.

Adesanya, 29, is now ranked sixth in the UFC Middleweight division, coming off a first round TKO victory against Derek Brunson at UFC 230 back in November.

Kelvin Gastelum is trying to put a positive spin on losing his chance to fight for the middleweight title at UFC 234.

UFC president Dana White says the 29-year-old Whittaker, who has a record of 20-4, became ill Saturday night and complained of pain in his abdomen before being diagnosed at a hospital with a hernia.

UFC legend Anderson Silva broke down in tears as he prepares to make his long-awaited return at UFC 234 in Australia.

Elevated to the co-main is the lightweight matchup between American Lando Vannata and Brazilian Marcos Mariano. Now, Adesanya gets the biggest fight of his career thanks to a UFC card being suddenly Whittaker-less again.

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