Fabio Cherant missed weight in his UFC debut, but he says that won’t happen in his next fight.
Three days. Cherant (7-2) found out he was fighting Alonzo Menifield at UFC 260 back in March on just three days’ notice. A month prior, he had fought Myron Dennis at LFA 99 for the LFA light heavyweight title and went five rounds. The “Water Buffalo” would end up winning a unanimous decision.
Unfortunately, in his UFC debut, Cherant would miss weight by 0.5lbs and was later submitted in a little over a minute.
In an exclusive interview with Cageside Press ahead of his return to the octagon at UFC Vegas 34, Cherant explained the circumstances that went into the weight miss.
“It was COVID. It was a huge thing. How many fighters missed weight during COVID, you know? Up here in Boston, it was a little tough to cut weight when gyms aren’t open and especially the gyms that I usually use, like the ones with saunas. Saunas are closed. You look at my fights before, and you check the weight I showed up on never 205 [lbs], 206 [lbs]. I’m always under 203 [lbs] 204 [lbs]. People are forgetting that,” Cherant said.
“In my last fight on two days’ notice, I got my weight down to .5, 206.5. Not 215, 206.5, on a fight that I took on two days’ notice. I was totally unprepared for it. Yeah, at the end of the day, I’m a professional, and I should have been working out, but people forget, a month before I fought for a world title and went five rounds while still nursing injuries. Taking a fight on two days’ notice when you are unprepared is a whole different ball game.”
Cherant says that this time around, he had a great camp, and that the weight cut will not be a problem when he faces William Knight this weekend at UFC Vegas 34.
Check out the rest of the interview above, where Fabio Cherant talks about his fight with William Knight, training at Sanford MMA, his nickname, and more.