Just hours before UFC 234 in his home country of Australia history has sadly repeated itself for Robert Whittaker, who will miss his middleweight title defense in the main event of the show against Kelvin Gastelum. UFC president Dana White confirmed to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Saturday that Whittaker has been forced to pull out of his title defense in the main event due to a hernia.
This comes one year after Whittaker, in February 2018, was unable to defend his middleweight title in Australia due to injury.
Whittaker, who successfully weighed in on Friday, was experiencing pain in his abdomen last last evening and was immediately taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed. While this has not yet been confirmed, the champ may have to undergo a procedure to correct the issue, which of course would place him on the shelf again.