The Weight Cutting Chronicles: UFC Vegas 49

Islam Makhachev, UFC Vegas 31
Islam Makhachev, UFC Vegas 31 weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/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 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.

Bobby Green, UFC 268 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Bobby “King” Green (29-12-1 MMA, 10-7-1 UFC)

Lightweight (155lbs.): 10-7-1 (UFC), 4-1 (Strikeforce)

Catchweight (160lbs.): 0-0 (UFC)

Bobby Green is a longtime staple of the UFC’s lightweight division. During Green’s time with the promotional giant he has only fought exclusively at 155lbs.

Green made his promotional debut with the UFC back in 2013 after a successful five-fight stint in the now-absorbed Strikeforce promotion. All five of Green’s bouts with Strikeforce were also in the lightweight division.

Green has never missed weight while with the UFC. However, Bobby did collapse following his weigh in against Jim Miller back in Febuary of 2021.

For his first UFC main event, Bobby will be taking this fight against Islam Makhachev on short notice.

On the day that Bobby makes the walk to the octagon, it will have only been just over two weeks since his incredibly dominant performance against Nasrat Haqparast.

And just 10 days from when a then 195lb Green accepted the phone call to take on the Russian.

At 35-years old Green has never really had an issue with weight outside of his collapse after weighing in last Febuary. Fans can expect for Green to make the 160lb catchweight limit at UFC Vegas 49 and be more than ready to put on a show the following day.