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Midnight Mania! Robert Whittaker: trash talk was a factor in loss to Israel Adesanya

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Few men are more open about the mental side of competition than Robert Whittaker. The Aussie has spoken about battling depression and mental fatigue while champion, admitting previously that his title loss was something of a relief.

Looking back at his time as champion again, Whittaker reflected on a unique portion of the Israel Adesanya challenge: trash talk. “Stylebender” pretty consistently manages to chirp at his opponents beforehand (and sometimes after too), either because of genuine or manufactured bad blood.

It affected “The Reaper.”

“I think it was one more thing that piled on top,” Whittaker told MMA Tonight (transcription via TheBodyLockMMA). “One more thing we threw on top of a pile of an already huge clutter mess of what was going on in my head. And certainly, I can’t discount the fact that side of it, as well as the hype and the buildup and the attention me and him were receiving in Australia. … The size of the event, the size of the venue — it was a massive thing. It just blew everything up to bigger proportions.

“I’m certain it did play a factor. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. But I think it was the cherry on top, not so much the driving factor.”

If the two indeed do face-off a second time, perhaps Whittaker will be better prepared for the verbal warfare aspect.


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