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Kelvin Gastelum releases statement after UFC 234 main event cancellation

Kelvin Gastelum is feeling “torn” after the cancellation of his first UFC title fight.

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Kelvin Gastelum may not be fighting for the UFC middleweight title on Saturday night, but he is staying classy in light of the cancellation.

Gastelum was expected to fight champion Robert Whittaker for the belt in the main event of UFC 234, but Whittaker was forced out of the contest with a hernia just hours before the card was scheduled to start.

Gastelum posted a statement on social media Saturday afternoon, addressing his fans who will not see him compete for his first UFC title in Melbourne, Australia, and also wishing “The Reaper” a speedy recovery.

“With much sorrow I write that my fight for the middleweight title is off,” Gastelum wrote. “I’m sorry to everyone that was expecting this great fight, Family, friends and followers from around the world.

“God has a reason for doing things and I firmly believe his plans are much bigger and better than I can even imagine. I’m so torn about this situation. A lifetime of pursuit to be able to reach this level and I hope none of these efforts will go in vain.

“I wish @robwhittakermma a speedy recovery champ! Get well soon!”

Gastelum did not say when he would like to get back into the cage.

Whittaker is undergoing emergency surgery for the hernia in his abdomen Saturday afternoon. Early Sunday morning local time in Melbourne, he started feeling abdominal pain and was transported to the hospital.

With the cancellation, a pivotal middleweight bout between rising star Israel Adesanya and former UFC champ Anderson Silva is the new UFC 234 main event. The card takes place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.