Published: Mon, February 11, 2019

Coach claims Robert Whittaker wanted to delay surgery, fight injured

Coach claims Robert Whittaker wanted to delay surgery, fight injured

In his absence, Israel Adesanya earned a three-round decision win over Anderson Silva in the main event.

Former double UFC champion Conor McGregor seems to be gearing up to fight anyone and everyone at this point.

In a later statement, UFC said Whittaker had undergone emergency surgery due to a "severe abdominal injury". Adesanya has won five consecutive fights in the Octagon, tying him for the second-longest active winning streak in the middleweight division.

And during the event, Gastelum arrived carrying a UFC world championship belt and spoke with reporters backstage to declare himself as the new world champion.

Immediately after the fight ended, Silva was overheard saying to Adesanya: "I pass the baton to you". The UFC boss said Whittaker is expected to be out four to six weeks, though that is not necessarily an exact timetable. Instead, this match will be canceled due to Whittaker's hernia.

Silva and Diaz fought one of the more weird bouts in UFC history in 2013, where neither seemed very interested in throwing major strikes.

Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth were sitting front-row at UFC 234 in Melbourne on Sunday, and one moment left them in awe. Every time Silva managed to force Adesanya to back up, he did his best work in the fight. "He borrowed Henry Cejudo's belt", White said as he confirmed Gastelum was still the next contender to face Whittaker.


After the fight, the 43-year-old Silva said that he hopes to continue his fighting career and is looking to be on the UFC 237 card, which will reportedly take place on May 11 at a 45,000 capacity stadium in his hometown of Curitiba, Brazil.

Gastelum is coming off wins against Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Michael Bisping.

When that happened, the UFC had no choice but to offer refunds.

The 14th ranked light heavyweight Cirkunov, who rebounded from the first losing streak of his career with a first round submission win over Patrick Cummins, relocated to Las Vegas past year and told TSN in December that he was eager for his next bout to be in Vegas.

The UFC will seek a replacement opponent.

Illness and injury forced him out of a title defence in Perth 12 months ago and he suffered a broken hand in his last bout with Yoel Romero in June 2018.

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