Over the past few years, middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has faced the kinds of setbacks that perhaps no fighter in history has ever dealt with.

In his most recent mishap, Whittaker was forced to pull out of UFC 234 in Melbourne just hours before he was to face Kelvin Gastelum. He was rushed to the hospital and wound up getting emergency surgery to correct an abdominal hernia in addition to a twisted and collapsed bowel.

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After recovery from the surgery and his struggles with depression, Whittaker got back to work so he could return to his true passion of fighting.

As he approaches his upcoming fight against interim middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on Oct. 6, Whittaker is taking special care of his mind and body.

That said, the reigning middleweight champion now believes the worst is behind him and he can finally get back to work defending his title on a normal schedule.

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