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Whittaker was set to defend his title for the first time on Australian soil against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 but was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury. Whittaker was diagnosed with a hernia and will need to undergo surgery.
The co-main event has now been elevated to main event status with New Zealand’s Israel Adesanya taking on Anderson Silva.
Follow UFC 234 results here:
Main Card (Mainevent/Pay-Per-View) – 2 pm AEDT
Israel Adesanya def. Anderson Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Lando Vannata def Marcos Mariano via submission (Kimura) (R1, 4.55)
Ricky Simon def. Rani Yahya via unanimous decision
Montana De La Rosa def Nadia Kassem by submission (armbar) (R2, 2.37)
Jim Crute def. Sam Alvey via first-round TKO (2:49)
Preliminary Card (ESPN 1/UFC Fight Pass) – 12 pm AEDT
Devonte Smith def Dong Hyun Ma via TKO (R1,3:53)
Shane Young def. Austin Arnett by Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kai Kara-France def. Raulian Paiva by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass) – 11 am AEDT
Kyung Ho Kang def. Teruto Ishihara via submission (RNC) (R1, 3:59)
Jalin Turner def. Callan Potter via first-round KO (0:53)
Jonathan Martinez def. Wuliji Buren via UD (30-27, 30-27,29-28)
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