UFC champion Robert Whittaker abandons title defence after life-threatening injury

For the second time in two years Robert Whittaker has had to pull out of an event in his home country of Australia. More

He also managed to take a shot at top ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum, who was walking around with a title on his shoulder all night while proclaiming that he was the new middleweight champion by default since Whittaker failed to compete on Saturday night.

UFC 234 got bit by the worst injury bug possible, losing its headlining fight on the day of the event. It's one of those situations, had it popped up during the fight it could have been fatal for him so this is really serious. Whittaker, according to White, is expected to miss four to eight weeks.

And during the event, Gastelum arrived carrying a UFC world championship belt and spoke with reporters backstage to declare himself as the new world champion. Instead, this match will be canceled due to Whittaker's hernia.

"If I'm playing basketball to play against Michael Jordan, this is it for me", Adesanya said after facing one of his idols in Silva. Adesanya sidestepped the blow, however, and went back to work.

Silva and Diaz fought one of the more freaky bouts in UFC history in 2013, where neither seemed very interested in throwing major strikes.

But despite Gastelum's claims to the belt, UFC president Dana White told reporters that because of the relatively short recovery time needed following Whittaker's operation, the Australian would not be stripped of his world title.

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UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia drew a reported sold out crowd of 15,238 for a gate of $3,484,855 (AUD).

After the fight, the 43-year-old Silva said that he hopes to continue his fighting career and is looking to be on the UFC 237 card, which will reportedly take place on May 11 at a 45,000 capacity stadium in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.

Brunson said that the targeted date and location for the proposed bout was on May 4 in Ottawa, however TSN has learned that the event details have not been finalized and that Quebec City is a potential destination for Canada's first UFC event of 2019.

Check out more UFC 232 coverage at MMA Junkie.

UFC has offered full refunds due to the cancellation of the bout. He is on a nine-fight winning streak.

The UFC will seek a replacement opponent. Injuries kept him from fighting Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 in Perth previous year.

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