The 10 Worst Weight Cuts in UFC History

Conor McGregor weight cut

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Some fighters cut massive amounts before their fights and still look like a million bucks at the weigh-in. Others, however, look like they’re on the brink of collapse. In fact, some have collapsed. In this article, we count down the 10 worst weight cuts in UFC history.

#10: Kenny Florian, UFC 136

In Kenny Florian’s UFC career, he saw fights from middleweight to lightweight, where he would find his most success. But later in his tenure, Florian decided to make the move to featherweight to fight Jose Aldo, and the drastic weight cut was on full display at the UFC 136 weigh-in, where Florian looked completely sunken in. He would make the weight, but his gaunt appearance was shocking in comparison to what we had seen from him in the past. This fight would go on to be Florian’s last.

Kenny Florian
Kenny Florian

#9: James Irvin, UFC on Versus One

Former heavyweight WEC champion James Irvin had seen decent success in his second run in the UFC at light heavyweight, even being allowed to welcome Anderson Silva to the division. After his loss to Silva, though, Irvin decided it was time to move down to middleweight. And when he hopped on the scales for his debut against Alessio Sakara, he looked like a completely different person, his face massively sunken in and his body with far less water in it than any person probably should have. After the scary new look, he would return to light heavyweight the very next fight. Judging by his appearance, this was probably the right decision.

James Irvin
James Irvin

#8: Anthony Johnson, UFC 106

Before he fought at light heavyweight and heavyweight, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson used to rumble at welterweight. However, multiple failures to make weight forced him to eventually move up. When Rumble weighed in prior to his fight with Josh Koscheck, it was clear that 170 was far too light for the massive fighter, as he looked more like the ghost of Rumble than the hulking fighter we know today.

Anthony Rumble Johnson
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson

#7: Johny Hendricks, UFC 200

Johny Hendricks was well known for his massive cut to fight at welterweight. By UFC 200, though, it appeared that cutting so much weight over the years had finally caught up with the former champ. At the UFC 200 weigh-in, Hendrix looked particularly sickly without his signature beard to hide how sunken his face was, and his physique appeared noticeably less impressive than it had at weigh-ins past. Hendrix would go on to miss weight several times before retiring from MMA.

Johny Hendricks

#6: Daniel Cormier, UFC 214

Daniel Cormier is a happy guy when he fights at heavyweight. When he’s weighing in at 205, however, it’s a different story. Cormier notoriously struggled with the cut down to light heavyweight, and at no time was that more apparent than his rematch with Jon Jones at UFC 214, where he looked like he had been on a desert island for the last several years.

Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier

#5: Yoel Romero, UFC 225

Yoel Romero’s body seems to defy all logic. He is a massive middleweight in his 40s who can jump over a person standing upright. But much like Johnny Hendricks at 170, the years of making a huge cut down to 185 caught up with Romero at UFC 225, where he looked like death on the scales and was unable to make weight. In fact, video captured after the weigh-in showed Romero struggling to make it back to his hotel room. He would try to cut the rest of the weight, but after an hour the commission shut him down, and he had no choice but to forfeit 20% of his fight purse.

Yoel Romero
Yoel Romero

#4: Mizuto Hirota, UFC Fight Night 117

At the weigh-in for his featherweight debut at UFC Fight Night 117, Mizuto Hirota looked visibly exhausted when stepping on the scale, as if the act of stepping up just a few inches was a monumental task. After missing weight by five pounds, he froze up on the scale. And then, when stepping back, he looked as if he might collapse. Dazed, he was then helped off the stage by his team.

Mizuto Hirota

#3: Kevin Lee, UFC 216

Wrestlers are well acquainted with cutting weight. At UFC 216, Kevin Lee, a former collegiate wrestler, had an interim lightweight title scheduled, and he was determined to make weight no matter what. Lee looked terrible on the scales, sporting eyes sunk into his skull and a staff infection on his chest. When he missed weight, he appeared utterly confused by what was happening. He returned an hour later, however, looking no better but making the weight.

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee

#2: Max Holloway, UFC 218

At UFC 218, Max was set to rematch Jose Aldo in his first title defense. Holloway, who is normally a boisterous character, was solemn as he took the scale, his body looking completely drained and his face gone from the dehydration. Max blankly stared into the distance as he was weighed. The whole scene was a disturbing reminder of just how much these athletes go through to compete on Saturday nights.

Max Holloway
Max Holloway

#1: Conor McGregor, Fight Night 59

The example that seems to come to everyone’s mind when they think of fighters looking like death at weigh-ins is Conor McGregor heading into his fight with Dennis Siver at Fight Night Boston. Before permanently moving up in weight, Connor often stressed the difficult of making the featherweight limit. And although Conor had looked bad before, his appearance at the UFC Fight Night 59 weigh-in was shocking. Connor’s body looked like it was wasting away, and his face looked like a skull. Even more jarring was an interview he did directly after on Fox Sports with Ariel Helwani, one that garnered over 4 million views on YouTube, with almost all the top comments being about McGregor’s startling appearance. Of course, Connor would go on to have great success at featherweight, but it’s clear from the weigh-ins that his body paid a heavy price to compete at that weight.

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

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Worst weight cuts in UFC History

Joe Rogan and Rickson Gracie Discuss Breathwork

Rickson Gracie breathwork

On episode 114 of the Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan and BJJ and MMA legend Rickson Gracie of the famous Gracie family discussed the importance of breathwork. Below are some highlights of their conversation.

Rickson Gracie on How Breathwork Changed His Life

“The big change in my life was when I learned how to breathe. I started bringing more spiritual possibilities, more mental possibilities. Because what is interesting about the breathing aspect is the brain and the heart are the only organs that can give and receive information. The organs, liver, kidney, they don’t cannot do that. But when you get upset with something mentally, you bring information to yourself, immediately your brain is responding. Your heart too when you get depressed, immediately you feel in your heart, and your heart shows you. When you’re sad it’s an immediate connection. And what is amazing about that is the lung is the practical aspect within you, who are able to control or help your brain and also help your heart.

“So, through the proper breathing you can control your heartbeats. Through the proper breathing you can control your mindset and get calmer, control your panic, control your courage, control everything you need in the mental aspect and also spiritual—hope, faith, visualizations. So, all the elements in your brain, all the elements in your heart, can be much better guided, much better helped through the lungs. If you don’t know how to involve your lungs in your brain, in your breathing, you’re not able to favor your brain and your heart the way it’s supposed to be.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie on Learning to Breathe Properly

“The first [thing] you learn about breathing is to move the upper body, the upper part of your lung. If you don’t learn, if you don’t practice, you’re never going to use the diaphragmatic breathing which involves the full capacity of your lungs. So, the diaphragm, when you learn how to move your diaphragm efficiently, you fill up your lungs in a different way. So, if I breathe right or wrong, either more or less oxygen. [It’s] up to me [whether] I use the diaphragm or not. So, when i learn how to use that I’m able to help my body with whatever it needs—mental spiritual, or physical.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Rickson Gracie

Rickson Gracie on the Difficulty of Learning Breathwork

“It’s not [too] difficult…you just have to put some attention [on it]. Because when you learn how to breathe, you start adding oxygen to your life.”

Rickson Gracie on Controlled Hyperventilation

“If I want to go diving, I need to hyperventilate…because I increase the circulation of oxygen in my body, and I increase the oxygen [in] the cells. So, I do hyperventilation for a little while, and I triple the amount of time I’m going to be under the water.”

Joe Rogan Rickson Gracie
Rickson Gracie

Who is Rickson Gracie?

Rickson Gracie is a Brazilian 9th-degree red belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and a retired mixed martial artist with an official record of 11-0. He is a member of the famous Gracie family.

Joe Rogan Experience

Joe Rogan Explains How Nick Diaz Changed MMA

Joe Rogan Nick Diaz

On Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show #86, Joe Rogan and MMA fighter Josh Thompson discussed how Nick Diaz changed MMA. Below are some of the highlights of their conversation.

Josh Thompson on Nick Diaz vs. Frank Shamrock

“Frank was not the same guy when he fought Nick at that time, but let’s be real, at that time it was awesome to see somebody like Nick do that because Nick, though, if you recall at the end of the fight, picks Frank up, he’s like, ‘You’re a legend. Do not sit down there like that. You’re a legend.’ And that’s what people talk to me all the time about my fight with Nate. And I say, ‘Look man, I have nothing but respect for both those guys. Those guys are animals.’”

Joe Rogan Nick Diaz
Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Josh Thompson on the Diaz Brothers’ Brawl on CBS

“You got to remember that brawl that happened on CBS, right? We were talking about that as well. That brawl with Mayhem Miller, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz, but guess what? That whole scrap pack. They die for each other. And you can’t knock friendship like that. And I look at those guys and they’re really good people from Gilbert Melendez, his wife, Carrie, Nick and Nate and Jake, Jake’s like still one of my good, good buddies, Gill is as well. But even though I don’t talk to Nate anymore really, I still have nothing but respect for those guys themselves. They did it on their own, and they’re amazing. I will buy their pay per view every single time they fight no matter what.”

Joe Rogan Nick Diaz
Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Joe Rogan on Nick Diaz’s Elite Cardio 

And Nick Diaz changed the game in terms of his elite cardio. He did something that was a new thing. And that new thing was he’s not going to hit you with 100% power. He’s going to hit with 50%, but he’s going to hit you twice as much, and you’re never going to get to breathe, and he’s going to stay on top of you, and he’s going to talk to you the whole time. So he’s going to [mess] with you psychologically. He’s going to disrupt your breathing by constantly hitting you. And then once he realizes you’re hurt, then he’s digging into the body. Then he’s putting it on you. And on top of that [he has] black belt jujitsu skills, really good wrestling takedown defense, a chin made of iron, and unstoppable will. His will to beat you was just unstoppable. I think he’s one of the best fighters that’s ever done it. To this day.”

Joe Rogan Nick Diaz
Joe Rogan and Nick Diaz

Josh Thompson on Nick Diaz’s Unstoppable Will and Elite Conditioning

“I think a lot of that unstoppable will though comes from him doing triathlons. That is like, hey, I cannot stop otherwise, I lose my time and I’ve only got five more miles or eight more miles until I get to the bike, or until I get to the run or until I’m done with the swim. Those are things in your mind as an athlete. You’re always thinking like I’m almost there. I’m only going to run to the two minute mark. I’m only going to run to the five. You set goals for yourself as you go. Should I smash the goal? Okay, one more goal. Those are the things that top athletes do, and I feel like that’s what he’s done with his career. He used triathlons to help get him there. He was always good. Always nasty like good jujitsu, grit, phenomenal, etc. His game has always been really good. When he upped his game in boxing, and the pace like you’re saying, just the touch, touch, touch, now bam, bam, touch, touch, touch, bam, that’s next level boxing that we hadn’t seen in MMA at the time.”

Joe Rogan Experience

Transgender MMA Fighter Wins Debut Fight

Alana McLaughlin MMA

Alana McLaughlin, a transgender MMA fighter, won her MMA debut on Friday night against Celine Provost. McLaughlin is the second known transgender woman to compete in MMA in the U.S.

McLaughlin, who is 30 years old, finished Provost via a rear naked choke in the second round of the match.

Alana McLaughlin
Alana McLaughlin

According to ESPN, McLaughlin was permitted to fight Provost after McLaughlin’s testosterone level was tested by the Florida State Boxing Commission.

McLaughlin, a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, wore a T-shirt after the fight that said  “End Trans Genocide.”

End Trans Genocide t-shirt Alana McLaughlin
Alana McLaughlin

Prior to the fight, McLaughlin said, “I want to pick up the mantle that Fallon put down,” referring to Fallon Fox, who was the first trans MMA fighter.

McLaughlin also stated, “Right now, I’m following in Fallon’s footsteps. I’m just another step along the way and it’s my great hope that there are more to follow behind me.”

Alana Mclaughlin U.S. Army
Alana McLaughlin while in the U.S. Army

Fallon Fox retired from competing in professional MMA in 2014 after controversy surrounding her career as a fighter. Specifically, there was widespread debate on whether Fox should have disclosed her transgender status to her opponents. The controversy surrounding Fox heated up significantly after Fox broke opponent Tamikka Brent’s skull in a fight in 2014. After the fight, Brent stated:

“I have struggled with many women and I have never felt the strength I felt in a fight like that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say that I have never felt so dominated in my life and that I am an abnormally strong woman in my own right? I still disagree with Fox’s struggle. Any other job or career that I say I try, but when it comes to a combat sport I don’t think it’s fair.”

Alana McLaughlin
Alana McLaughlin

After the fight, McLaughlin said, “If we want to see more trans athletes, if we want to see more opportunities for trans kids, we’re going to have to work out way into those spaces and make it happen. 

McLaughlin then added, “It’s time for trans folks to be in sports and be more normalized.”

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Alana McLaughlin MMA fight