The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC Vegas 19

UFC Fight Island 4 Nassourdine Imavov
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Nassourdine Imavov of Russia punches Jordan Williams in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 04, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

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.

Crowded week for weight cutting chronicles as a lot of the fighters on the card have spent a significant amount professional MMA career in a different weight class. Luis Pena the TUF 27 Winner at 145lbs., that struggled to make after the show and has now settled in the lightweight division, and therefore won’t be included this week’s edition. TUF Season 22 Alum (which took place at lightweight) Julian Ersoa will also be excluded from this weeks edition though its worth noting that he has switched between lightweight and featherweight many times in his career. 

Nassourdine “The Russian Sniper” Imavov (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC)

Welterweight (170lbs): 6-2 (MMA)

Catchweight (170lbs): 1-0 (MMA)

Middleweight (185lbs): 2-0 (MMA), 1-0 (UFC)

Nassourdine Imavov is just 24 years old but stands at 6’3″ and has a 75.6″ reach. Because of his length and muscular build Imavov moved up to the middleweight division after dipping his toes in once with a 185lb fight in July of 2017. That came just before a catchweight bout at 176lbs at the end of the same year, a fight that earned him a ticket to the UFC.

Imavov looked great in his hard fought unanimous decision against Jordan Williams in October of last year at 185lbs. Imavov will look to make it two in a row in the UFC and two in a row in the middleweight division at UFC Vegas 19. Welterweight may just be a thing of the past.