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In a later statement, UFC said Whittaker had undergone emergency surgery due to a "severe abdominal injury".

After tests, he was rushed into surgery on Sunday morning.

Whittaker's withdrawal has thrown a spanner in the works for UFC president Dana White, who was banking on the winners of the main and co-main events to square off later this year.

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

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

A lightweight clash between Lando Vannata and Marcos Rosa Mariano will now move to the main card. Adesanaya vs. Silva will remain a three-round contest.

Gastelum took to social media to let his fans know what was happening.

Silva, 43, broke into tears during the UFC 234 official weigh-in.

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Gastelum wished Whittaker a speedy recovery.

The 28-year-old was kept on the sidelines for the remainder of 2018 after a hand injury he sustained during the second Romero showdown.

The cancellation of the bout poses the question of whether or not Gastelum will get the first shot at Whittaker's belt when he returns from injury, with the victor of the fight between Adesanya and Silva guaranteed a title shot.

In Australia working for ESPN, Sonnen is now contracted to Bellator, but said the promotion had allowed him to step in if necessary.

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