Even UFC president Dana White said yesterday that Whittaker has dodged the bullet and describes his health issues a 'freak' injury, and it could have been fatal.' Now "Reaper's" team gives us update on his surgery.
Robert Whittaker (20-4) will no longer be defending his UFC Middleweight Championship this Saturday night against Kelvin Gastelum (15-3-1) in the co-main event. This is Silva's first appearance since February 2017.
Silva said after the bout he hopes to fight at UFC 237 in May in Curitiba, Brazil, and McGregor has repeatedly said he hopes to fight in Brazil one day.
Israel Adesanya had the torched passed to him from a legend while putting on a show in the impromptu UFC 234 main event on Saturday night.
"We were saying what everyone else was". "That first round was like Kung Fu movie". His interviews are exciting, he's an interesting guy, he's fun to watch.
Undefeated former kickboxing star Adesanya's fight against 43-year-old former middleweight champion Silva, who was returning from a two-year hiatus - which included a one-year doping ban, had already been billed as a world title eliminator.
Silva enjoyed some success in a more competitive second round, nailing the younger man with some punches.
But a patient Adesanya, who like his opponent, also displayed some showboating, dominated the third, peppering the Brazilian's face with punches as the veteran sometimes held his hands low.
After three rounds of gripping action, Adesanya was unanimously declared the victor with scores of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27, taking his career record to 16-0.
Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth with their wives.
'I turned up to fight, ' he said, declaring he was the champion as Whitaker had effectively forfeited the fight.
Silva said it was the equivalent of facing Michael Jordan in basketball.
Adesanya has been chasing a trans-Tasman fight with Whittaker and the Nigerian-born fighter was booed by the Australian crowd when he referenced Whittaker as "not turning up to work". After Whittaker and challenger Kelvin Gastelum successfully made weight Friday, Whittaker began having abdominal pains.