This season of the UFC”s ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ reality show has been highlighted by two-fighters who missed their contracted weight.
These actions resulted in two disqualifications and two fighters being ejected from the TUF competition.
As part of her coaching duties, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey felt the need to show her fighters that cutting weight was part of mental toughness, something the two men lacked while being ejected from the TUF house.
Team Rousey fighter, Jessamyn Duke, recounted the situation and revealed that Rousey shed 17 pounds in 24-hours to prove her point: (via Bleacher Report)
“She jumped on the scale after Anthony missed weight and was 152 pounds. Without any sort of prep (diet, water loading, sodium loading/cutting, etc.) jumped in the sauna and was in there for FIVE hours before it was time to go to the coaches challenge. Yes, Ronda Rousey cut weight in the sauna for five hours, went to a rock climbing challenge, won, and then went BACK to the sauna that night and cut some more … She did this to prove a point … Cutting weight is mental. You can’t use screwing up your diet or your water loading as an excuse. If you miss weight, it’s because you mentally broke. The fact that she pulled this off really showed that Ronda is on another level mentally. It was inspiring and motivating to see this happen in front of me. It made me realize that I never have to be afraid of missing weight… you just have to be mentally strong and never give up. Unfortunately, Anthony gave up.”
And to think, even while cutting she was still able to put on THIS performance against Miesha Tate in the coaches challenge.