3 of the biggest weight cuts in recent UFC history

    For most of us mere mortals, losing small amounts of weight can be challenging. however, we often celebrate a new year’s resolution to lose ten pounds or so, over the course of several months, thinking “wow, that was hard work.”

    In the world of mixed martial arts, however, weight cutting is normal practice. On average, a UFC fighter would lose 10-15 pounds during fight week alone. this is relatively safe, as long as they are approached cautiously and with the proper medical equipment on hand.

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    However, some wrestlers have become famous for shedding extreme amounts of weight in a dangerously short period of time. Let’s take a look at five of the biggest weight cuts in recent UFC history.

    3. paul felder [ufc fight night 182]

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    Weight cuts are normal for UFC fighters, but extreme weight cuts are certainly not normal. While the other names on this list frequently endure extreme weight cuts – Paul Felder is not a UFC fighter who has made a habit of looking like a ghost on the scales.

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    The ‘Irish Dragon’ replaced Islam Makhachev at UFC Fight Night 182, agreeing to a fight against Rafael Dos Anjos on just five days’ notice. To reach the lightweight limit of 155 pounds, Felder had to lose at least 25 pounds in just five days. Incredibly, he made weight and only lost the fight via split decision.

    2. yoel romero [ufc 225]

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    If you took one look at Yoel Romero and had to guess what division he competes in, you’d probably say heavyweight – the Cuban former UFC fighter is built like a tank. Amazingly, the ‘Soldier of God’ has fought most of his career at middleweight.

    romero had a difficult 2018 regarding weight reduction. At UFC 221 he fell short of the 185-pound limit by three pounds, and although he defeated middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, he was not eligible for the title. History repeated itself later in the year at UFC 225, as Romero was a pound overweight for his rematch with Robert Whittaker.

    the ‘soldier of god’ will fight at light heavyweight in bellator this year. He is supposed to regularly drop between 25 and 40 pounds before every UFC fight.

    1. khabib nurmagomedov [ufc 254]

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    Now known by many as one of the best UFC fighters to ever step into the octagon, Khabib Nurmagomedov is no stranger to cutting vast amounts of weight during fight week.

    Dagestan had been scheduled to fight Tony Ferguson no less than five times in the UFC, and each time it seemed likely to happen, an unfortunate event would occur on either side. Perhaps the closest we came to seeing this fight was at ufc 209 in 2017, only to be canceled when nurmagomedov fell ill due to a failed weight cut.

    It’s been said that “the eagle” often cuts as much as 40 pounds in weight before fights, nearly a quarter of the 155-pound lightweight limit, and this behind-the-scenes video of his brutal weight-cutting before of ufc 254 shows how excruciating the process really is.

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