Whittaker out of fight vs. Gastelum at UFC 234

Esequiel Farfan
Febrero 11, 2019

"This is it for me", Adesanya said after the fight - after which he and Anderson Silva bowed down simultaneously in a showing of mutual respect - the younger pupil having rightfully earned his idol's respect.

The three-round fight, between sixth-ranked Adesanya and 15th rated former champion Silva, was elevated to main event status, after a severe abdominal injury forced champion Whittaker to withdraw from his title defence against No.1 contender Kelvin Gastelum.

In fact, Israel Adesanya pressed himself to the mat, so as to cover up the emotion on his face.

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Silva and Diaz fought one of the more freaky bouts in UFC history in 2013, where neither seemed very interested in throwing major strikes. "Well, this is it for me". When it ended, both moved to the center of the ring and went to their knees and bowed their heads in a show of respect.

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Whittaker's manager Titus Day said the champion first reported some issues around 6pm on Saturday. Light heavyweight Jimmy Crute scored a controversial TKO win against American Sam Alvey, despite Alvey furiously protesting the referee's decision to end the fight early as he insisted his thumbs were up while Crute was ground-and-pounding him. "You only develop these methods through years of hard fought experience". Conor McGregor who was watching from afar was impelled to pay his regards to Silva, whilst requesting a "passing of the guard" moment all their own. UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight press conference that refunds were offered on tickets at the arena with a sign outside the venue noting that the championship main event had been cancelled.

The bout was essentially a kickboxing match with four-ounce gloves. I'm not going home empty-handed. "This game is tough", Silva told the crowd after the bout.

By the third round, Silva's right eye was swelling but he never was out of the fight.

The bout became the main event due to freakish circumstances. "After several hours of observation he was admitted to the hospital at 3 a.m. Rob is just out of dual surgery for a twisted and collapsed bowel in addition an internal hernia of the intestine and will be recovering in the hospital for several days".

UFC officials have said the fight will remain over three rounds, and not go to five - as is the case for headline events.

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