Whittaker's opponent Kelvin Gastelum arrived to the event with a new UFC belt over his shoulder, presumably belonging to his friend, flyweight champion Henry Cejudo who was on hand for the event and declared himself the new champion, referring to amateur wrestling rules where an opponent forfeits if they do not show up after weighing in.
"But, hey, Player one has the controller, so I showed up".
Whittaker is a Sydney, Australia native and was a massive favorite in his home country. I don't care. Kelvin or Rob, whoever it is I don't care.
Earlier in the week UFC President Dana White confirmed that the victor of the bout would be next in line for a middleweight title shot, however with Whittaker's withdrawal, Adesanya will likely have to wait for the dust to settle between Gastelum and Whittaker.
Meanwhile, Silva embraced the crowd following his hard fought loss and stated once again that he's not going anywhere except back to the gym to prepare for his next fight.
His next most recent fight was also against Romero, as he captured the interim middleweight belt with another decision victory over the Cuban.
"I think it's a very interesting fight, because the last fight was a no contest".
Gastelum did offer another view of the cancelled fight via social media, leaving a post on Instagram in which he said "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 going to go back to training, go back to see my family and maybe I fight in Curitiba".