Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has revealed that feeling ‘burnt out’ was the explanation behind his self-imposed hiatus from MMA.

Talking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Wednesday, Whittaker defined his reasoning for withdrawing from a proposed UFC 248 bout with Jared Cannonier earlier within the 12 months, his first scheduled match-up since dropping his 185 lbs title to Israel Adesanya.

“It’s identical to anybody else — generally you stand up and don’t wish to go into work,” Whittaker mentioned.

“And different days it’s such as you wish to go to a hospital to name in sick. You possibly can’t simply soar to the conclusion that you just’re burnt out. … I used to be simply not having fun with the method on the time.

“I began feeling like this after the second [Yoel] Romero struggle … various things that got here up in between simply made it worse. [An abdominal] damage all the pieces on the again finish of it. Due to that, the have to struggle grew however the wish to struggle declined.”

The New Zealand-born Australian would go on to reveal that the realisation of his emotions occurred on Christmas day as his need to coach all however disappeared.

“I put no dates on needing to return again, once I bought the starvation to return again that’s once I knew I used to be prepared to return again,” ‘The Reaper’ mentioned.

“Mid-February I bought again in and felt good, was shedding Christmas weight … then abruptly there’s a pandemic.

“I didn’t go to the fitness center in any respect, I simply educated as a result of I wished to coach, which may be very completely different from coaching when it’s important to. It was bizarre — there was no schedules, no alarms or nothing; I’d suggest it to anybody in the event that they can.”

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