Rob Whittaker “I couldn’t have done anything differently”

Robert Whittaker spoke in-depth earlier today about the loss to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243.

Whittaker, 28, appeared on his podcast Grange TV alongside his wrestling trainer, Fabricio Itte, spoke about how he felt both during the fight and feelings since Sunday.

“It is, what it is. Leading into that week, the training, the prep, the diet, the weight cut, everything was on point,” Whittaker commented.

“Every session was in the bank. My cardio was immaculate. My strength, the best it’s ever been. My weight cut was the easiest, it’s ever been. I felt great. I felt great walking into the Octagon. I felt great when I was fighting Adesanya. I felt great in there. It just wasn’t my night. It happens.”

After recently revealing details about his battles with mental health, the Sydney based fighter didn’t shy away to speak about that aspect since the fight against Adesanya.

“I’m feeling down now because it sucks to lose. I don’t like losing but it’s something I need to ride out.

“I hate going on Instagram because I see X, Y, and Z, reaction to this, a replay of this, a small clip of that. So I’m sick of it and I go to youtube and all the recommended stuff are UFC 243 content, reaction to this, outburst here. I can’t escape it.

“I feel terrible but I understand it’s a wave I need to ride out. No one likes losing. I am very aware of my mental health and my mental space. How I am as a person. I feel being aware of it is very important to me. I’m dealing with it very well, considering.”

Whittaker went on to speak what is next for him, his upcoming speaking tours and when he is hoping to get back in the cage with February or March being the aim.

Watch the full podcast episode below.

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Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.