Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker ruled out for title defense fight

UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from Sunday's bout due to a hernia

STUFFUFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from Sunday's bout due to a hernia

"I showed up to work, a lot of people didn't, even though it's out of their hands, sometimes it's not in their control", Adesanya said.

Silva, 43, threw all of his old tricks at the 29-year-old phenom, but they all came up short.

Middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was removed from the UFC 234 main event and rushed into surgery on Saturday after being diagnosed with an internal hernia and a collapsed bowel.

A flashy encounter that saw arguably one of the combat world's greatest strikers wind back the clock to do battle with his protege, ended in emotional scenes as Adesanya dispatched his idol in a unanimous decision victory at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday.

Israel Adesanya remains undefeated in mixed martial arts after overcoming his biggest challenge yet. "Well, this is it for me".

Combined with fellow Kiwis Dan Hooker and Luke Jumeau, New Zealand's UFC fighters posted a 12-1 record over the past 12 months, catching the eye of their boss. For McGregor, Silva deserves nothing but respect for what he has been able to do in his fight career. It's one of those situations, had it popped up during the fight it could have been fatal for him so this is really serious. "You only develop these methods through years of hard fought experience". You can order the show, which costs $64.99 for HD or $54.99 for standard definition, from UFC.tv, Amazon Prime PPV, or your cable or satellite provider (see a list here).

The bout was essentially a kickboxing match with four-ounce gloves. Adesanya had the faster hands and was consistently getting home, though he wasn't punching in combination.

On Saturday night, MMA Fighting reported that Ovince Saint Preux, who was scheduled to face Canadian Misha Cirkunov at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas, has withdrawn from the bout due to an injury. After Whittaker and challenger Kelvin Gastelum successfully made weight Friday, Whittaker began having abdominal pains. He emerged a few hours later from surgery, but is expected to spend several days recovering in the hospital.

UFC officials have said the fight will remain over three rounds, and not go to five - as is the case for headline events.

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