Weight Cut – Can I Lose 10% Of My Body Weight Overnight? | Extreme MMA

Ladies and gentlemen,
this is the co-main event of the evening. SHE SPEAKS IN OWN LANGUAGE It all comes into this pinnacle, you’ve got all this stuff
going on underneath. And all people see is just
this little thing at the top. GROANING What goes through your mind
at this point? How bad things will be
if I miss weight. The fight might not go ahead. 2.2… What if you’d have died? If I would have died? Worst-case scenario is he’ll end up with heat exhaustion
or something like that. Very worst case scenario,
ultimately, that could be fatal. If someone put you in the desert
for two days, you would be as dry as we are there. Not far off from death. DISTANT SHOUTING Here he is. We’ve just checked in, now.
It’s 5pm. Going to go and check the weight
in a minute, but we’re, like, 19 hours
or something off weigh-in, or something like that. This is the last little bit
of food I’ll have, now. I had a coffee a few hours ago. That was my last little bit
of water, so… Get this in me and we can start working out what it is I’ve got to
lose between now and the weigh-ins. PHONE RINGS No-one is interrupting my salmon,
here. No-one. I’m nil by mouth, now, yeah. Nil by mouth.
Chewing gum, that’s it, but that doesn’t really add
any weight on to you, so… Yeah, nil by mouth, now. Everything that I expel from
the body now, whether it’s urine,
faecal matter, sweat, anything that comes off me
is weight lost. TRICKLING It’s a decent size, this,
to be honest. The most I can weigh in at
is 61.8kg. The way I see it is,
each time I fill that, I’m a kilo lighter. If it was to be coming off slow, then there would be
no sleep tonight. I would just soldier on
and get it done. It’s got to be done. Otherwise, the fight is not going
to happen, in my eyes, so… It’s a must. When you’re cutting weight,
you’re not 100% there. You are dehydrating yourself, you are trying to get to
a minimum weight that your body can physically,
capably, get to. So you are pushing the boundaries
on everything. That’s me sitting at 170 pounds. Right now, I’m sitting at 194. I’ll do that…three times,
four times a year, if I can. People don’t know about it
because they are not aware of it, because it’s something that happens
behind closed doors. This is a news article about the unfortunate death of
Leandro Souza. He was the first person to die
as a result of weight cutting in mixed martial arts. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the last. It was the first time that he tried
to compete in the flyweight division and he attempted to cut 33 pounds
of weight in a week, and unfortunately, he collapsed
and died of a stroke in the sauna. Yan Jian Bing was only 21 years old and he unfortunately died as
a result of his weight cut. And the autopsy report suggested that it was a heart attack,
basically. The reason it’s so dangerous is because of the amount of
weight that MMA competitors are cutting through dehydration. So we are seeing that these guys
and girls are cutting more weight than has been recorded
for any other combat sport. This is deep-rooted
in the culture of MMA. Behind any door on this corridor
will be some dried-up prune, you know, cutting weight,
just like I will be, later. So I’m not on my own. Got the guys, here, to help me. They’ll be joining me
and going through it with me, so that makes it easier,
having a good team with you. There’s the first bout
of the cut started. Let’s go and see what we’ve done. So we are at 66.85. We’ve done one sixth So we are 15% down, roughly. Sounds all right to me. TICKING We have been tracking Dean’s changes
in body composition over the length of his fight camp. This is the first time
that this type of study has been done on an MMA competitor. Keep going, keep going,
keep going… Come on, Dean, keep going. Well done.
DEAN PANTS The long-term health risks
of fighters as a result of weight cutting depends really on
the severity of their weight cutting and
the number of weight cuts they have, but generally speaking, if competitors are cutting
a lot of water weight, if they’re dehydrating
quite drastically, the chances are that it will have
a negative impact on their kidneys. The blood samples will give us
the most accurate measure of the effect of the weight cut
on his health. I’ve already had ten professional
fights and won them all, and never missed weight, and I know,
on the performance side, the weight cuts are working for me, but what I do need to understand
is the health risks associated with cutting weight and how it’s affecting me,
personally. The idea is to obviously get
those bloods analysed and, from that, determine the
physiological effects on the body and to really figure out
what negative health impacts the weight cutting does have. He’s just wrapped up
with plenty of layers, to make sure we keeping
the sweat going while he’s out of the bath. You see, now, he’s got, like,
beads of sweat on his head already. He’s not even been in there
a few minutes, yet. Johnny Hendrix missed weight
by one quarter of a pound. It’s like, a tiny bit of piss,
basically, and he had to forfeit £20,000
for that amount of weight. He shaved his beard off
to try and make the weight. So the margins are tiny
and the risk and reward is high. I thought I might shit before,
as well. There’s definitely a little 0.3
going to come out of there,
I know it. HE LAUGHS It’s just playing hardball,
at the minute, but it knows it’s going to come
before the weigh-in tomorrow. Sound. Nice one. 65.95, now. As it stands, I’m about 12 hours
away from a drink and… ..yeah,
four more litres of sweat away. Just cooling him off
to get ready to go again. He’s ready for a little rest, cos he’s been nonstop at it
for a few hours, now, so… INTERVIEWER: How far into the cut
are we? Halfway in weight, but we’re not
halfway in time, because… It starts getting more time,
and harder towards the end, so… They were the easy keys. CRUNCHING It’ll be helping draw tiny amounts
of saliva out of my mouth as well, like, minimal, but every ounce
matters now, so… Must be so difficult
not to swallow it. It’s very, very, very tempting. That’s the reflex, know what I mean,
to just gulp them. Oh, God. SCALES BEEP What was I? 65.8. Gone down a kilo and a bit, there. 2.6 left. DOORBELL RINGS Hi, Dean. You all right?
Hi, Maureen. You all right? Yeah. Aw, nice to see you.
All right? Dean, having some fruit
and yoghurt and stuff? I’ll have a little bit, cos I probably ate enough today,
but… Are you all right with them
yoghurts? INTERVIEWER: What’s your diet like
after the fight? All of a sudden, the fight’s over
and you tell yourself you got this month-long window
of opportunity to stuff your face
and then you stuff your face, and then you start
the next fight campaign, and then got a yo-yo diet,
under-eat, which makes you crave more,
and it’s just a vicious cycle. For me to weigh in at 61…
I walk around at 70. After the first pro fight I had, I turned up here a week after
at 81 kilos. That’s 20 kilos heavier than the weight
that I weighed in at. Now, if you put that into bottles
of water, that’s 20 litres of water. To me, that’s an eating disorder.
That’s not healthy. I never want to do that again. You find that even bulimia is quite
rife amongst combat sports athletes. They are also developing problems
with body image. Fold your arms. A number of guys will blow up
in-between fights, and by that, we mean that they’ll
put a lot of body fat back on. Once they lose that athletic
physique they see in the mirror, it’s difficult for them, mentally, to take on board,
and that’s something the audience out there would be
surprised to hear, that, you know,
a mixed martial artist, a cage fighter, a tough individual, would struggle with
their body image. But they do. Perfect, that’s it. Do you want to change the tunes? Same sort of stuff, mate. Heard that Arctic Monkeys album? Don’t mind, mate. Or a bit of Kasabian? Whatever you want, mate. I woke up in a bath, once, I did. True story. As soon as I get in,
it brings me back to this. It’s probably the most dangerous
thing I’ve done all year, this, you know what I mean? I actually started hyperventilating
after having, I think, my second or my third hot bath. I started getting heart palpitations
and stuff like that and then one of the guys
decided to ring an ambulance. After I got put underneath
the towels for five minutes and they could sort of regulate
my breathing a little bit, they made the decision
to put me back… INTERVIEWER: A lot of trust,
isn’t there, with you guys? He knows what he’s doing
more than anyone, really, and we’re just here to support
and go with him more than anything. What about if you’d have died? If I would have died… It’s hard to say,
but my friends obviously would have played a part in it. They would have played a part in it. It’s just horrible to think
that I would have died and my friends would have been
held responsible for my death. I don’t want to
over-sensationalise it, but obviously everyone knows
there’s a problem. If there was more weight classes, this weight cut thing
wouldn’t be worth a documentary. I just hope it doesn’t take
more people dying, though. SCALE BEEPS 64.4. Got like, four-and-a-half hours.
I’ve got to really push on. Officially, we’re not weighing
in till 12 so it’s a good few hours yet, but we need to be on-weight
and at the lobby for nine. Does it get harder at this point?
Yeah, it’s a lot harder now. I’m more dehydrated –
everything’s harder. Low on calories, low on energy,
low on water. So, is your body trying
to retain the water? Yeah, it’s fighting to keep it. What goes through your mind
at this point? How bad things will be
if I miss weight. The fight might not go ahead. You’re pushing yourself.
To make sure this fight happens. That’s what’s on the line. Your face has changed shape. It’ll change shape a lot more now. Each litre as it comes out now will almost morph my face shape
and the way…the way I look. It’s just gone ten to seven. We’ve been cutting weight
throughout the night. Had an hour-and-a-half’s sleep.
I’m just going to weigh myself now. Hopefully we’re not far now. MACHINE BEEPS What is it? 1.4, we just did.
We’ve got the same to go. We’ll have to go in the bath. Go ahead, lad, run a bath. Want to cool down first,
a cold shower? I think that’d be good for you,
mate, get that core body temp down. Dunno… Yeah, but it just means that you’re
not permanently raised all the time. You know what I mean? You don’t want to mix
heat exhaustion with this dehydration, so… He’s on the money there, Ben, like. I think I’ll have a cold shower. I might feel brand-new almost,
you know what I mean, so maybe it’ll set me up
for the next kilo. I’m very eager for him
to cool down in-between. Worst-case scenario is he’s going
to end up with heat exhaustion or something like that and obviously very worst case
scenario, ultimately, that could be fatal. It’s a tough ordeal for him
to put his body through. Even the guys who are used to being
around him when he does it, they don’t enjoy the experience
cos at the end of the day, it’s one of their friends,
it’s somebody that they love and to see them get put through
that, it’s not easy to watch. We’ve had one death from
a single blow to the head and one by blunt contraction. Let’s say there’s one of each, yeah? So we’ve brought in MRI scans
and we’ve brought in blood testing. I can think of four deaths
or three deaths from weight cutting and nothing. The sport tells you what you need
to regulate it by, I think. You just look at
where the deaths are. We’d better be on weight here,
you know. I’ve worked my arse off here. We’d better be on weight now. I hope so. So, is the official weigh-in at 12?
Yes. Oh, fuck me. I don’t know what do here, boys. What have you got there? Well, it’s saying half a pound,
but… I don’t know,
this floor don’t seem right to me. On my scales, I’m dead-on.
Mine are pretty accurate, so… Like you say, three hours
is a long time. You lose some water… Not really spit, that, is it? I know people are like,
“Why do you do it?” But, potentially,
you can earn millions. I want to be one of the best. We’ve been bussed over
to the location where the weigh-ins are going to be. We’ve got an hour now until
the official weigh-ins. 136.2, so 0.2 of a pound, so…like, 50g. Technically, I’m overweight. I’m not drinking water.
I’m spitting. I’m spitting. I’m not swallowing, fluids,
mate, fucking hell. Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to officially say
good afternoon and welcome to the weigh-ins here
as Bellator MMA makes its debut here in the UK. I always had an interest
in combat sports growing up. Please welcome Dean Garnett. Undefeated at 7-0. Dean Garnett was an unorganised
reprobate when he was about 19 who wasn’t doing much positive
things with his life – working lots of jobs that were
low-paid and I didn’t enjoy. And I was using recreational
drugs quite regularly. 136.2 – 0.2 to go. When I was 19, I just decided I was
going to go try my hand at MMA and I haven’t looked back. The world stops. I don’t need to
do anything but make weight. Nothing else matters – nothing. 135.7 for Dean Garnett. Once you’ve weighed in
and you’ve got off them scales, it’s just relief. It’s complete relief. I think they’re, like, roughly
a kilo light so I’m guessing around 70 kilos,
which is 8.2kg heavier than we weighed in yesterday. Roughly 18 pounds heavier.
I feel 18 times better as well. There are mixed messages
in the scientific community with regards to the
effects of dehydration. We would hypothesise
that it will have a negative impact on his kidneys
and liver and I would imagine it would affect his testosterone
levels as well. There hasn’t been any other studies
to date which have looked at the effects of the weight cut
on health by using bloods. Going forward to try and make
changes within the MMA community and really to try and change
weigh-in policies, we would expect and maybe want
to see negative things to say that this is what
the weight cut does to the body. But it’s Dean so I don’t want
anything really negative to come back. It’s given me a life that I enjoy. It’s given me good health,
made me a more sociable person. It’s made me more motivated,
more driven, given me a purpose. It’s given me everything,
to be honest. What happens in the cage is open
to interpretation. To me, it’s a beautiful thing. Let’s go, kid! Yes! Come on, lad! Ten seconds! Ten seconds!
Ten seconds, Dean! BELL RINGS Yes! Dean, stand up and show them
you won, lad.

100 thoughts on “Weight Cut – Can I Lose 10% Of My Body Weight Overnight? | Extreme MMA

  1. Am I the only one who found this incredibly sad? Wish they would fix weigh ins to try and make it healthier for the fighters.

  2. This is the stupidest thing ever, just to knock each other out in a cage. Not running for the Olympics, stupid.

  3. Seems a bit ridiculous no? You would think that if you knew you wouldn't make weight that you would start losing the weight weeks or at least days before. Trying to lose 14kg of water weight 48hr before hand and being totally dehydrated before a fight makes no sense to me. The electrolyte imbalance would not only mess with your concentration and muscle function but you are at such high risk for arrhythmias/cardiac arrest, kidney issues, etc. Doesn't seem like a logical and healthy way to go…your performance would be crap
    Btw, eating disorders are about self esteem and mostly about control in individuals who are highly perfectionistic and seek perfection and strive for greatness in whatever they do. It makes perfect sense that these guys would suffer from this. Regulations just like the modelling industry should be put in place regardless of the outcry for the welfare of these athletes in my opinion.

  4. It's way smarter to gradually lose weight over a fight camp than trying to lose it the day before weigh-ins.

  5. I met this guy at work, he's a really nice, down to earth fellow. Looks totally different with all the weight on him, seriously.

  6. If you weigh 145 maybe, if you weigh 230 hell no, not unless you take a huge dump, deyhdrate yourself, and bleed to death. And remove a kidney.

  7. In the newest discipline of cycling, virtual cycling, the athletes weigh in so their power to weight ratios are accurate. The weigh-in is less than an hour before the race itself, so there's no weight cut involved. The most a cyclist will do is skip breakfast.

  8. We basically see most fighters less then 100% I feel bad for them put then again most of these fighters have been fighting in the same weightclass their entire career so they know what weight they need to be at leaving it to the last minute is on them they could of choice to start the process 6 weeks in to the training camp and the crazy thing is the elite fighters do the exact same thing leave it till the end so there has to be some logical reason why they decided to leave it to the end where a fan like my self wouldn’t understand so I can’t judge bc I’m not in their shoes noir do I have the balls to do what they do I got nothing but respect for these man

  9. Weightcutting is very dangerous, idk why they have such tiny weight classes. I personally want to see 300 pounders duke it out, 265 being the heaviest in the UFC is retarded.

  10. i might be an idiot for asking this but why cant fighters find opponents thats normal/ training weight is the same isntead of having to cut

  11. Do the weigh in 24 hours before the fight.
    Also do a blood test to determine if they are dehydrated if they are then they won't fight
    Also repeat this 30 mins before the fight. (to prevent overeating before the fight for an advantage lol.)

  12. Its absurd they havnt changed the rules for weigh ins. There should be a 2 to 3 pound grace area to fall into. Even if it was just a pound. Does it really effect the fight that much if one guy weighs 1 pound more than the other….

  13. This should not be legal! They should get weighed randomly without warning on the spot three times in the month leading up to the fight. Why doesn’t he just fight in a heavier weight class so he’s not almost killing himself.

  14. Holloway and McGregor have had some of the worst-looking, scariest weight cuts I’ve ever seen. No disrespect, but they looked like they’d been suffering in a concentration camp.

  15. The amount of weight cutting scientists in the comments is unbelievable do you not think these guys take every precaution to make a tragedy very uncommon there’s obviosly no alternative or it would be in place

  16. I'm just curious and saying ideas that could work if the fighter wanted to go to the highest extreme.. could he or she not get blood drawn from their body to loose, say like, the 0.2 he needed on weigh in day?

  17. This is so sad. Their bodies are put through so much for the pleasure of others. It’s sad to watch this and think that he is seriously dehydrated… and seriously could die…

  18. don't people get it? he cuts weight to make it on scale and up a day later. its not like losing weight etc.

  19. What's the point of all that negative shit done to your body if you just gain it all back the next day? The weigh in weight isn't even what they fight at…

  20. This is why although it seems silly having 17 weight classes in boxing it helps prevent fighters from trying to lose 30lbs in a week and them putting it all on in 1 day

  21. I was a fighter for 15 years and I made weight from dieting and running ridiculous lengths. My trainor was a marathon runner so I had that edge. Cutting weight like this is crazy. I would just get a job. F dat noise

  22. Imagine you have to cut weight to be in a categorie you dont belong in to win, eat more to crush the guys in a categorie bove you thats alpa.

  23. They should just do regular weigh ins every couple of days for a week or two in the build up to fights

  24. I know everyones body is different and some can cut weight very easily but damn. Some people are cutting way too much.

  25. You'd think people competing and their teams would know what's best for the fighter: but I fail to believe that walking around overweight, then dehydrating to make weight 48hrs before a fight, is healthier or more effective than fighting in a weight category most close to your natural weight.

  26. They called him "Violet Beauregarde". Not an obscure reference by any means but if you can understand that then you're a legend in my eyes.

  27. Chewing gum is helping him burn calories so he can make weight along with the amount of sweating he’s doing

  28. The lower the weight category, the harder the 'cut' I remember cutting while trying to make welterweight in boxing, hours skipping in the sauna while wearing bin bags, running with bin bags under as much clothing as you could wear. Was always the worst part of any training camp getting ready for weigh in.

  29. Imagine going through all that then getting clipped with a good shot and put out in the first minuite !! That would be soul destroying

  30. Not gonna judge because I don’t have a complete understanding of this but why would you put your body through that before a fight why not do it bit by bit throughout a week instead of by a short ass time frame

  31. I know next to nothing about MMA but it seems like it would be easier to train to fight someone a little bigger than to have to suffer like that!

  32. He lost water weight but he’s really doing the most to make weight although he should have cut the calories the week before

  33. Why cant people just fight at there natural weight than cutting down and just get 10 pounds at there exact weight its the same thing?

  34. Im really curious, do fighters without weight cutting do better because not putting the body through this extreme stress?

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