Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum make weight for UFC 234 title bout

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

Anderson Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, and rising contender Israel Adesanya have been elevated into the main event role for the night.

In the main event of the UFC 234 Aussie middleweight champion Robert Whitaker defends his title against U.S. rival Kelvin Gastelum.

Kelvin Gastelum is trying to put a positive spin on losing his chance to fight for the middleweight title at UFC 234.

The new co-main is the lightweight matchup between Lando Vannata and Marcos Mariano.

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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. "I was told it was not any weight-cutting related issue or anything like that".

"He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a hernia", ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto revealed.

Ahead of Saturdays' much-anticipated Middleweight bout, the fighters held open workouts for the media, which paved the way for Adesanya to break out a Stone Cold Stunner as well as a Rock Bottom and People's Elbow, sprinkled with a little bit of Ric Flair swagger and a Booker T spinaroonie.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news to ESPN on Saturday.

The Sydney-based star has experienced a horror run of injuries and illness throughout his career, including a gruesome abscess infection which forced him to pull out of UFC 221 in 2018.

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