Robert Whittaker has finally opened up as to why he’s not been active inside of the octagon.
Whittaker was scheduled to fight Jared Cannonier at the UFC 248 pay-per-view but pulled out. Whittaker vs. Darren Till will be the main event for UFC Fight Night in Dublin on Aug. 15.
While doing an interview, Whittaker, a former UFC middleweight champion, discussed why he’s been gone.
“I just stopped,” Whittaker said. “Then (I) stood there, asking, ‘What the (expletive) am I doing?’ It was Christmas Day. My family was somewhere else. That moment, it’s when everything crashed.”
“I sacrificed everything,” Whittaker said to The Daily Telegraph. “My team suggested several plans which I took to and, because it worked, I just kept at it. But you can’t keep doing that forever, you just can’t. Worse than the physical grind, too, was the mental drain. I just wasn’t home.”
“I just wasn’t myself,” Whittaker said. “That’s the game though, you rock up and fight, but I know I can perform much better, and have performed much better.”