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UFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from Sunday's bout due to a hernia STUFFUFC middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was forced to withdraw from Sunday's bout due to a hernia
Cassandra Castillo | 11 February, 2019, 16:27

The middleweight co-main event between rising New Zealand sensation Israel Adesanya (15-0) and Brazilian legend Anderson Silva (34-8, 1nc) was elevated to sole main event status.

Adesanya, of Nigeria, refused to fall into Silva's traps.

On Friday, White confirmed that Adesanya and Silva were fighting for the No.1 middleweight contender spot, but given the events of the past 24 hours, it's unclear as to whether that is still the case.

As a sign of respect, Adesanya lifted Silva's arm up to the crowd to make sure arguably the greatest UFC fighter in history got the recognition he deserved.

In the end, Israel Adesanya emerged victorious by way of unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2).

"This is insane, this is like for a kid just to play".

"We have most of this year laid out already and I don't think one of those is to come back to Australia with a title fight", White said.

"Hey everyone, Rob here thought I'd give an update on how I'm doing", Whittaker said in a video posted to Instagram.

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Though Silva lost, Conor McGregor took to social media to express his appreciation for Silva's effort.

"I love my job".

"I pass the baton on to you". This is my life.

"Rob said he was a bit bloated and a little bit exhausted which is not uncommon when your are going through the process they are going through, reloading and putting some food back in your body", Day told AAP.

Moving forward to 2019, Whittaker who was slated to defend his title against Kelvin Gastelum in the main headliner of UFC 234 PPV event last night from Melbourne Australia once again forced to withdraw from a contest due to hernia issue. The Aussie champ was diagnosed with a hernia, underwent emergency surgery and is now recovering, according to White.

The second round saw the best out of Silva all fight as he started to open up with his combinations and he began finding a home for his right hand on Adesanya's jaw.

The most unsafe moment for Adesanya came in the third round, when Silva launched into a flying knee attempt. "It's not going to keep me down forever, I'll be back better than ever". It is his fifth win in the UFC, all of which have come in the past 12 months.

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