UFC president Dana White stated that Whittaker began complaining of issues after weighing in Friday night and was taken to a local hospital.
The UFC is back in Australia for today's UFC 234 event. He was diagnosed with an abdominal hernia.
With next to no time to find a replacement for Whittaker in the Australian showpiece, UFC 234 will now likely feature a fight between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya as the main event. Both fighters possess long limbs, silky unpredictable movement, a love for comic and anime and endless cardio but being the kings of walking the walk makes their talk even more intriguing.
Per Okamoto, the hernia was not related to Whittaker's weight cut.
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The event was scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Australia, due to the 28-year-old's status as the first Australian to hold a UFC belt.
The loss of Whittaker will certainly be a massive disappointment for many fans with UFC 234 tickets.
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.
"Kelvin is the biggest hurdle in my way, and he's a true test", Whittaker said.
Those plans will now be delayed, given Gastelum is next in line for a title shot before the victor of the Adesanya-Silva showdown. "I look forward to learning something from it and growing".