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Kelvin Gastelum issues statement on Robert Whittaker withdrawal

Robbed of the first UFC title opportunity if his career, Kelvin Gastelum is taking the high road.

Gastelum was scheduled to challenge middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC 234 on Saturday in Melbourne, Australia, but news broke on fight day that a hernia had forced Whittaker out of the bout.

That left Gastelum without a fight and shortly after he took to social media to express his regret over the situation and wish Whittaker the best.

See Gastelum’s statement in its entirety below:

With much sorrow I write that my fight for the middleweight title is off. 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 Robert Whittaker a speedy recovery champ! Get well soon!

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