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Michael Bisping out of UFC 193 with elbow injury, will undergo minor surgery

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The middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Robert Whittaker, which was set to take place at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, is off.

During Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight the veteran Bisping announced that he had suffered an elbow injury that will force him off the card. The injury will require minor surgery, Bisping said, and he expects to be out of action for a few weeks.

Bisping, who is currently ranked No. 7 in the media-driven UFC, was part of the pay-per-view portion of the main card. There was no word if New Zealand's Whittaker would be given another opponent.

"I apologize to everybody who bought tickets, to the UFC, to Robert Whittaker for pulling out of the fight," Bisping said on the show. "But, it's still going to be an amazing show. I'm just annoyed that I'm not going to be there to be a part of it."

UFC 193 takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Nov. 14, which can seat in excess of 70,000 people. The UFC is hoping to break the company's attendance record, which was set back in 2011 at UFC 129 in Toronto, which drew over 55,000 through the gates.

The card will be headlined by women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who will defend her title against Holly Holm, and a co-main event between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valerie Letourneau. Also featured on the card will be a heavyweight rematch between New Zealand's Mark Hunt against Antonio Silva.