Israel Adesanya Emulates The Rock, Stone Cold At UFC 234 Workout

Tonight's UFC 234 Main Event Scrapped, Former Champion Elevated Into Headline Fight

Rising New Zealand sensation Israel Adesanya will suddenly become part of the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne on Sunday, after Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw due to a hernia.

Whittaker will undergo surgery Saturday, UFC president Dana White confirmed to Okamoto.

In the co-main event Israel Adesanya looks to collect even more hype by finishing Anderson "The Spider" Silva.

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

While the promotion did receive a pair of short-notice offers from both Donald Cerrone and Chael Sonnen to help save tonight's UFC 234 event, officials ultimately chose to pull Kelvin Gastelum from tonight's fight card.

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This comes one year after Whittaker, in February 2018, was unable to defend his middleweight title against ex-champ Luke Rockhold in Australia due to injury.

Silva was guaranteed a title shot by White if he defeats Adesanya at UFC 234 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne this weekend.

Your MW main event & a WAR in the making!

With next to no time to find a replacement for Whittaker all the way out in Australia, UFC 234 turned to its old superstar in Silva to headline the event. The Brazilian will take on a fighter 14 years his junior in Adesanya, who is sixth in the UFC middleweight rankings and 15-0 in his MMA career.

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