Twitter Reacts To Whittaker Injury, Fans At UFC 234 Upset
The last-second change to the main event of UFC 234 has sent the MMA world in a tailspin as UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will not be defending his title in the main event.
Whittaker was supposed to defend his title in front of his home country fans of Australia against Kelvin Gastelum, but it was revealed that Whittaker was taken to a hospital the night prior and was diagnosed with a hernia. As such, the fight has been canceled but the show is moving forward.
Fighters across the UFC roster took to Twitter to give their initial reactions to the news of Whittaker’s injury.
Well I’m in Australia @danawhite “ I know a guy!! “
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) February 9, 2019
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 9, 2019
I’m extremely pissed at Bobby’s hernia
— A1 Iaquinta🗽 (@ALIAQUINTA) February 9, 2019
Horrible news! https://t.co/hslVxilEKq
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) February 9, 2019
Damn I’m so bummed about tonight’s main event falling apart.. that fight was gonna be fireworks! Hopefully they can reschedule ASAP #UFC234
— Shane Burgos (@HurricaneShaneB) February 9, 2019
— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) February 9, 2019
Sorry to hear @robwhittakermma is out of his fight tonight. Wishing him a speedy recovery as he’s one the nicest guys I’ve met in this sport 🙏
— Chad Laprise (@ChadLaprise) February 9, 2019
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) November 12, 2018
Of course, fighters were not the only ones that reacted to the news. Fans that were planning to attend the show in Melbourne, Australia were upset at the fact that their native champion won’t be able to fight and that the news hit right before the doors at the Rod Laver Arena opened. After finding out the news, people planning to go to Melbourne took to Twitter to express their frustrations.
I just arrive in Melbourne and Whittaker is out, fkn kill me man
— Wally 🌹 (@KingWallyy1) February 9, 2019
And Silva Adesenya is only 3 rounds. So glad I flew to Melbourne.
— Dan (@DanDawsyeh) February 9, 2019
Just landed in Melbourne and I just seen the news about rob Whittaker #UFC234
— Zac (@zacblank22) February 9, 2019
— Ricey (@mister_rooney) February 9, 2019
When you’re sitting at the airport to fly to Melbourne for #UFC234 and the main event gets cancelled
— Matt Provis (@matt_provis) February 9, 2019
#UFC234 just went from one of the least stacked cards to undoubtedly THE worst card ever and of course it had to be the card in Melbourne, Australia 🤬
— Jake Galizia (@jakegaliz) February 9, 2019
I feel bad for my mate @siewmai19 who flew to Melbourne and bought UFC tickets with his girlfriend to watch Robert Whittaker defend his belt on home soil and he even invited me to join him on the trip but I declined.
— bong (@sirbongalot) February 9, 2019
Went from a two fight card to a one fight card. Feel for Rob, was looking forward to seeing him fight in front of the Melbourne crowd. #UFC234
— Keya Ahmadi (@keyaahmadi7) February 9, 2019
— Noblar⚡ (@knobs11) February 9, 2019
With Whittaker vs. Gastelum out, the middleweight bout between Israel Adesanya and Anderson Silva is expected to be elevated to the main event.