There are few jobs more dangerous than fighting in the UFC. Mixed Martial Artists put their bodies through the proverbial meat grinder every time they step into the octagon. However, they are at their most vulnerable in the days leading up to the fight.
How does that work?
Well, behind the scenes, away from the public eye, professional fighters are manipulating their weight to gain a competitive advantage over their opponents. Some of the best fighters can cut up to 30 pounds in five days prior to a weigh-in. It doesn’t take a doctor to tell you that rapid weight loss isn’t good for you.
But, if it’s assurance you need, maybe MMA star Paige VanZant can give it to you.
The model turned UFC fighter recently took to Twitter where she shared pictures that showed the harsh reality of weight cutting. VanZant, who was signed to the UFC to compete in Strawweight division that was created back in 2015, has been fighting well below her walking around weight.
Apparently, she had to drop 22 pounds to fight Michelle Waterson, a fight in which she was beaten quite handily in the first round by a rear-naked choke.
Through hell and back
In order to cut the weight, fighters systematically deprive themselves of water until they are completely dehydrated. Some of them sit in the sauna with garbage bags draped over them to speed up the process. VanZant told MMA Fighting about the time someone found her passed out in the bathroom and had to call her trainer to come help.