The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC Vegas 12

Charlie Ontiveros Credit: Dave Mandel/

Like it or not, weight-cutting is deeply rooted in mixed martial arts. MMA adopted its weight-cutting from the sport of wrestling, where it is presumed to be very advantageous to be the biggest and strongest in your weight class. Known as the ‘fight before the fight,’ most UFC fighters cut anywhere from 5-25 pounds, with some fighters even in excess of 30 pounds.

Weight-cutting is the ultimate test of discipline and willpower. Many fighters in the sport consider it very unprofessional to miss weight. In this series, we will shine a light on fighters who cut a massive amount of weight, who have missed weight multiple times in the past, who have made weight-class changes, along with how the weight-cut and weigh-in could affect possible upcoming match-ups. Basically, every aspect of weight-cutting and how it affects the fight game.

Charlie “The American Badboy” Ontiveros (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC)

Welterweight (170lbs): 10-5 (MMA), Missed weight 1 time

Catchweight (174lbs): 1-0 (MMA)

Middleweight (185lbs): 0-0 (MMA), Making UFC and Pro debut at UFC Vegas 12

Charlie Ontiveros stands at 6’2″ tall, with a 76″ reach, and is 29 years old. Ontiveros will be making his UFC debut at UFC Vegas 12 on short notice after Kevin Holland‘s original opponent Makhmud Muradov was forced to pull out on Wednesday. Charlie barely missed weight for a welterweight fight back in April of 2016. Charlie will be moving up in weight to 185lbs in order to make his debut and it will be his first professional fight in the weight class. Ontiveros has faced Michael “Venom” Page in the past and is a veteran of Bellator, LFA and Fury FC promotions.


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