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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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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