Ask any fighter and they’ll tell you, it’s not the training or the fight that’s the hard part. That’s the part they love. It’s the weight cut that truly sucks. Few fighters have made headlines recently more than Cris Cyborg as it relates to weight cutting.
Cyborg, the Invicta FC featherweight champion, regularly fights at 145lbs. She has had two fights in the UFC at a catchweight of 140lbs and the weight cuts for her were absolutely brutal on both occasions. Her recent documentary “Cyborg” showed us an incredibly vulnerable and emotional Cristiane Justino as she tried to shed those last few pounds to make weight.
She turned down two fights at 145lbs recently, citing her ongoing recovery from last year’s weight cuts as her reasoning. In December, she was flagged by USADA for testing positive for a diuretic that she maintains was prescribed to her by a physician to help with that very recovery. The results of that investigation are still pending.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines recently ran a piece on weight cutting in mixed martial arts and featured Cris Cyborg. It is both eye opening and insightful, and it also brings to the forefront some worthy discussion.
The use of an IV is banned during weight cutting recovery per USADA. But when watching the ESPN piece and seeing what USADA and sanctioning bodies allow these athletes to put themselves through to make weight, is it unfair to withhold from them means to a better recovery?
It certainly is an interesting argument and perhaps one worth having. Watch the piece below and let us know what you think.
About Outside the Lines
Host Bob Ley investigates sports issues off the field. The series covers a range of sports and controversies, correspondents share inspirational or sensational stories and Ley reads viewer e-mails on a variety of topics.