UFC 234: Robert Whittaker injured, Silva vs Adesanya new main event

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UFC 234 Silva vs. Adesanya

UFC 234 takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on February 10. The middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was expected to headline the event defending his title against Kelvin Gastelum. On Sunday morning the promotion announced that the champion was forced to withdraw “due to a severe abdominal injury requiring emergency surgery”.

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The new headline-bout features Anderson Silva up against Israel Adesanya. The bout is scheduled for three rounds at middleweight

“Due to a severe abdominal injury requiring emergency surgery, UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 234 main event against Kelvin Gastelum,” reads the statement the promotion sent out Sunday,

“The new main event, which airs live on Pay-Per-View, will be a three-round middleweight bout between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya. Making his debut in Australia, former longtime middleweight champion Silva will attempt to move one step closer to regaining his crown when he tackles dynamic striker Adesanya, the UFC’s breakout star of 2018, in a bout with title implications.

Elevated to the co-main is the lightweight matchup between Albuquerque action hero Lando Vannata and surging Brazilian Marcos Mariano.

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

The fight results from UFC 234: Silva vs. Adesanya can be found here.

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