The danger of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts (MMA) is finally being recognized as something that can’t be ignored. Fighters are beginning to pull out of fights more often as state athletic commissions do their best job to limited massive cuts.
If you are one of the few people that tend to ignore this serious issue in MMA then please take a moment to check out one of the more grueling weight cuts ever recorded. The footage can be seen above courtesy of MMAnews.pl, as former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk makes a painful cut down to 115 pounds for one of her title fights back in 2015.
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As you can see, the cut is not easy for Jedrzejczyk. The former champ can be seen cringing in pain over the edge of the bathtub after trying to sweat out some pounds in a towel wrap.
Jedrzejczyk has never missed weight before so obviously her efforts paid off, but this is not a good look for the world of MMA. Unfortunately, Jedrzejczyk is just the tip of the iceberg. Current UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg released footage last year of her taxing cut down to 140 pounds for her Octagon debut at UFC 198.
Other fighters around the sport make even more drastic weigh cuts, but their trials and tribulations aren’t necessarily caught on camera.
Pretty rough stuff, right?