The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC 271

Dustin Jacoby and Maxim Grishin, UFC Vegas 20
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Opponents Dustin Jacoby and Maxim Grishin of Russia face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/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 select 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.

Maxim “Maximus” Grishin (31-9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)

Light Heavyweight (205lbs.): 1-1 (UFC), 18-1-2, Missed weight 1x in UFC

Catchweight (211lbs.): 1-0 (MMA)

Heavyweight (265lbs.): 0-1 (UFC), 10-6 (MMA)

Maxim Grishin has had a very long professional MMA career that began back in 2008. At the start of his career, Grishin competed predominately in the heavyweight division, specifically until about the year 2012.

Grishin is now 37 years old, and at 6’3″ with a 76″ reach, has a really big frame. Because of this, Grishin often struggles to make the 205lbs weight limit.

Grishin has missed weight a couple of times outside of the UFC at 205lbs, but because of all of his success at said weight division, has decided to stay there.

Maxim missed weight in his most recent fight almost a year ago when he weighed in at 210.5lbs for his light heavyweight fight against Dustin Jacoby.

Because of his history, age and size Grishin will defentley be a fighter to watch on the scale and in the octagon this weekend.