i honestly dislike cutting weight at least cutting more then 3-4 pounds before a fight,(talking water weight) Its awful to run out of gas and i fight soo much stronger when my body is properly hydrated.
Thats just my 2 cents'
Good points. Gaining or losing 5-10 lbs in order to weigh in properly without going over or without being under the required limit is totally understandable however, I was reffering to fighters that strictly use this method to dramatically cut weight and then immeadiately put it back on after weigh in, in order to be the bigger guy. This is a common practice that I feel, has more negative effects than positive. Overall performance is effected by this practice, even though the fighter might still win the fight. Before weight can be used as an advantage to a fighter, he has to first find an oppertunity to utilize it.Originally Posted by mixedup
Originally Posted by NO HYPE
Riggz is a perfect example of why not to go overboard when dropping weight.
No doubt.Originally Posted by Dr Liftalot
Cutting weight is just a big part of the game. At the elite levels of MMA, competitors cut a significant amount just like other sports with weight classes. It would be very naive to think that size doesn't matter.
Rampage, Tito, Shogun, Overeem look like they cut about 15-20+lbs to make weight.
Size matters. Being bigger can be an advantage, but only if there is an oppertunity to utilize it as an advantage.Originally Posted by MarcusG
At the very elite levels where you have Olympic level athletes, every pound of bodyweight matters. So size matters alot at that level. In mature sports like boxing and wrestling, cutting weight is practically a given.
When you have the average clueless bush league sluggers at KOTC, then weight does not matter as much since the skill disparity can be huge.
Cutting weight properly does not involve any glycogen depletion whatsoever (aside from what is required to dehydrate for ~12-16 hours) with a 24 hour weigh in. the best strategy for anyone desiring to cut is going to be diuretic use, hot salt water baths and some kind of laxative. If you don't want to go the diuretic route you can actually induce diarrhea using sugar alcohols which will drop water weight FAST though you need to take supplemental electrolytes in this situation. Another strategy used by bodybuilders is odium loading for a certain period, then cuting out sodium as much as possible and drinking lots of water, which you can do before you use your other weight loss techniques (I believe you can do it with potassium too but I would advise against it).
If you have the luxury of a 48 hour weigh in, you can do some glycogen depletion, then reload (optimally using 4-6 shots of humalin-r or humalog over the two days as well) and pound the gatorade, rice cakes and bananas.
If you know how to do it right and don't go overboard dropping weight can give you a significant advantage. You can get ~7-15 pounds basically for free (up to about 5% bodyweight), which equates to ~5% more force behind your punches and kicks, and that much extra weight that you can leverage on your opponent on the ground. Beyond that most people are affected to some degree or other and you have to guage whether it is going to be worth it or not.