Robert Whittaker

“Depression is real, and it doesn’t matter who you are, you can get depressed and you can feel like you’re falling down a pit of despair,” Robert Whittaker said on Submission Radio last year.

After a number of injury setbacks, Whittaker suffered from depression while training for a middleweight title defense against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 234, leading to thoughts of retirement, even though he was still in his late 20’s.

“It’s not like I suddenly felt like doing a new job, it was more of like I didn’t want to do anything,” Whittaker said. “I just wanted to have naps, not leave the house and just do nothing…I was just tired, mate. I was just tired of it all.”

Whittaker battled on, only to then suffer from a hernia and collapsed bowel after a bad weight cut that led to the fight being cancelled, but his recovery gave him time to work on both his physical and mental well-being.

“What really helped me is obviously the people that surrounded me,” Whittaker said. “Being supported by my wife, my kids, the support system I had around myself, you know, my coaching staff, my training partners, they all cared for me.”

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