The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC 274 — Second Stints

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Like it oregon not, weight-cutting is profoundly rooted successful mixed martial arts. MMA adopted its weight-cutting from the athletics of wrestling, wherever it is presumed to beryllium precise advantageous to beryllium the biggest and strongest successful your value class. Known arsenic the ‘fight earlier the fight,’ astir UFC fighters chopped anyplace from 5-25 pounds, with immoderate fighters adjacent successful excess of 30 pounds.

Weight-cutting is the eventual trial of subject and willpower. Many fighters successful the athletics see it precise unprofessional to miss weight.

In this series, we volition radiance a airy connected prime fighters who chopped a monolithic magnitude of weight, who person missed value aggregate times successful the past, who person made weight-class changes, on with however the weight-cut and weigh-in could impact imaginable upcoming match-ups. Basically, each facet of weight-cutting and however it affects the combat game.

Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (32-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC)

Featherweight (145lbs.): 7-4 (UFC), Missed value 3x in UFC

Lightweight (155lbs.): 13-4 (UFC), UFC Lightweight Champion

Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira made his UFC debut astatine lightweight astir 12 years agone and submitted Darren Elkins successful 41 seconds.

‘Do Bronx’ past went 1-2, 1 NC successful his adjacent 4 fights and weighed successful aggregate times astatine arsenic debased arsenic 153.5lbs for these bouts. A fewer months earlier Oliveira turned 22, helium decided to chopped much value and determination down to the featherweight division.

Oliveria started disconnected 2-2 astatine featherweight losing to the likes of Cub Swanson and Frankie Edgar. That was earlier Charles went connected a 4 combat triumph streak starring to a main lawsuit match-up against the 145lbs. division’s aboriginal champion, Max Holloway.

Unfortunately, Charles would suffer the fight. And since dropping down to 145lbs, Charles had already missed value 2 times. After going 1-2 and missing value again by implicit 4lbs., Oliveira returned to the lightweight part astatine the property of 27 backmost successful 2016.

This time, during his 2nd stint astatine 155lbs, Oliveria has gone 11-2 with his losses coming aboriginal connected successful his instrumentality stint to Ricardo Lamas (which was primitively expected to beryllium astatine featherweight) and Paul Felder.

Oliveira’s tenth triumph successful his existent triumph streak was against Michael Chandler for the vacant lightweight loop past twelvemonth arsenic Oliveira realized his dream.

Charles Oliveira genuinely embodies what the Weight Cutting Chronicles is each astir which is: With the elimination of Oliveira’s excessive value cut, which negatively affected him by some eating into his vigor levels, arsenic good arsenic his clip for combat circumstantial grooming during camp.

With much vigor and clip to genuinely good tune his skills, Oliveria has been capable to scope the highest level successful the athletics arsenic a UFC lightweight champion.