Question about weight cutting?

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  1. Lord Stalone

    Lord Stalone White Belt

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    So I heard Eddie Alvarez cuts weight from 80 kg to fight at lightweight.
    Does that mean that if someone were 1.75 meters tall and weighted 70 kg they wouldn't look like Eddie when he fought at lightweight?
    When you cut weight, but quickly eat afterwards do you look smaller? And do you keep your strength?
     
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    Weight cuts are deceptive. Fighters blow up in between fights and often will get 20-30 pounds above their weight class. Michael Chandler explained it very well on JRE. He said its not necessarily the amount of weight that you cut but what your body composition is at the beginning of the training camp.

    For example. Benson Henderson walked around at 170-175, the standard 15-20 pounds that most fighters do. A fighter who has a higher body fat percentage cut easily shed of 10-15 pounds in just body weight, then water weight the test, but a guy like Bendo drops 15 pounds when he already is under 10% body fat, meaning that most of his cut is water weight.

    Take Khabib as the counter example. He walks around 180-190, but his first 20 pounds or so is just body fat and via a caloric deficit. Khabib's first 20 pounds are not equivalent to Bensons, due to body composition.

    There are various ways to do it, must guys manipulate sodium, uses stimulants, sauna, or a combination of the three. Fighters that have to do a lot of weight will often run during their cut to lose the last few pounds.
     
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    yeah its much easier for bigger guys to cut more weight.
     

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