The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC Vegas 20

Angela Hill, UFC Raleigh
Angela Hill, UFC Raleigh Weigh-In Credit: Bryson Hester/Cageside Press

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.

Honerable Mentions this week for WCC:

Angela Hill and Ashley Yoder

Angela Hill and Ashley Yoder will be competing against each other on the UFC Vegas 20 fight card, on just about a week’s notice! However neither Hill nor Yoder have ever struggled with their weight or even switched weight classes so I doubt there will be trouble on the scales for either woman. But the fact that both women are in their 30s and the impressive feat itself to be ready to weigh in, in just a week’s time, makes it worth mentioning.