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

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

According to a report by ESPN, Whittaker suffered a hernia in his abdomen and could not be cleared to compete.

Shortly after acknowledging the news Donald Cerrone happens to be in Australia extended his offer to replace Whittaker to UFC president Dana White. "It wasn't a weight-cutting related issue or anything like that, it's just a very unfortunate hernia issue which may even require a procedure".

The 43-year-old Brazilian great will face Nigerian-New Zealander Israel Adesanya (15-0) in his comeback fight in Melbourne on Sunday and after making weight, Silva was overcome with emotion.

ESPN's Ariel Helwani does not paint a pretty picture of what occurred that night.

Ironically, injury also forced Whittaker out of his last scheduled title defence in Australia, a UFC 221 clash with Luke Rockhold in Perth. About a month before the event, Whittaker had to pull out with a staph infection in his stomach. The bout will determine the next contender to the title, likely after Whittaker defends vs. Gastelum.

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" victor has been working for a chance at UFC gold for a long time. A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano that was originally scheduled for the Fight Pass prelims has been moved to the pay-per-view lineup.

There are a total of five fights on the main card.

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