Whittaker out of title defence at UFC 234

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The news, in which Whittaker reportedly suffered a hernia, initially came via ESPN's Brett Okamoto. "I was told it was not any weight-cutting related issue or anything like that".

As a result, the co-main between Brazilian great Anderson Silva and New Zealand phenom Israel Adesanya will now become the headline event.

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

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.

It marks the second time Whittaker has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled title fight in Australia. Now, a year later, history has repeated itself with even worse timing for Dana White.

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Despite being elevated to the main event, Adesanya's bout will remain a three-round fight. 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.

Silva, who is officially 1-4-1 in his last six fights, is returning from a two-year hiatus from fighting due to failed drug tests.

"The Ultimate Fighter 17" victor has been working for a chance at UFC gold for a long time.

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