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Fighters and world-class athletes, just like everyone else, have personal lives they have to tend to aside from all the stuff we see on camera or social media. And rightfully so, their life outside of the cage takes precedence over everything.

Recently, former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker announced his decision to withdraw from his crucial fight against Jared Cannonier on March 7 at UFC 248.

While he wouldn’t divulge too much details, he did say he has to prioritize other things in his personal life before he can return to fighting.

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“Apologies to all my friends and supporters, but unfortunately I won’t be competing at the UFC 248 fight card,” said Robert.

“There are a few other things going on in my life that I need to give priority to and sort out, so I have had to change my plans. But I’ll be back soon bigger and better than ever. Sorry Jared, I’ll see you down the track.”

The fight was going to be Roberts first since losing to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243 last year, losing his title in the process.

Robert lives in Australia, where fires are still ravaging the country. But according to Ariel Helwani, the fires do not have anything to do with Whittaker’s withdrawal.

The promotion is now looking for a replacement to face Cannonier in two months.

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