UFC 234 'Whittaker Vs. Gastelum' Top Three Fighters To Watch

UFC 234 Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum

UFC 234 Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum fight in the night's most anticipated bout

Behind the first UFC paywall of the year is a middldweight title fight between champion, Robert Whittaker, and challenger, Kelvin Gastelum.

UFC president Dana White told ESPN that Whittaker complained of pain in his abdomen late last night and was taken to a local hospital.

ESPN's Ariel Helwani does not paint a pretty picture of what occurred that night, with Whittaker now in surgery.

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Per Okamoto, the hernia was not related to Whittaker's weight cut. Whittaker is now riding a nine-fight winning streak while being undefeated at middleweight.

Taking its place at the top of the bill will be the former co-main event between Kiwi phenom Israel Adesanya and Brazilian legend Anderson Silva.

The event is going down on February 10, 2019 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

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Both fighters started their careers at welterweight before later moving up a weight class. Last February, he cited a multitude of injuries in withdrawing from a scheduled title fight vs. Luke Rockhold, which was set to headline UFC 221 in Perth.

It's the second Australian headliner that Whittaker has been forced to pull out of.

Adesanya, a New Zealander who UFC called its breakout star of 2018 in its release, made his UFC debut only a year ago in the preliminary card of UFC 221, the same event that Whittaker had to pull out of.

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