Weight-cutting is an extremely controversial topic in combat sports. After “The Motown Phenom” Kevin Lee endured a massive, 21-pound cut ahead of his recent UFC 216 showdown with Tony Ferguson, this topic became more controversial than ever. Now, that trend should continue, as UFC middleweight Sam Alvey is enduring an absolutely gargantuan cut ahead of his Saturday UFC Gdansk showdown with Ramazan Emeev.
Alvey accepted this Gdansk scrap with Emeev on short notice, when Emeev’s original opponent Trevor Smith withdrew from the fight. During a recent media scrum in Gdansk, Alvey admitted that when he accepted this short notice fight, he was “north of 220” pounds. He’ll now have to find a way to get down to the middleweight limit’s 186-pound limit in time for tomorrow’s weigh-ins.
“As soon as camp is over, I’m back, I’m lifting, I’m getting swole – and I’m eating,” Alvey teased, explaining how he got so heavy. (via MMAJunkie.com).
“It was a lot of fun making weight – so far!”
Massive cut be damned, Alvey says he will successfully hit his mark.
“We’re going to make the biggest weight cut of my life, but we’re going to do it successfully.”
Alvey, who has become famous for his busy fight schedule and willingness to take short notice fights, then explained that for him, the strategy has always been to accept the fight’s he’s offered first, and deal with challenges like extreme weight cuts later.
“For me, it’s ‘say yes,’ and I’ll figure it out later. It’s always been the case, and my career’s been going real well so far.”
When we last saw Sam Alvey in action, he picked up a win over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans. In his next most recent fight, he was defeated by Thales Leites. This loss to Leites was preceded by consecutive wins over Nate Marquardt, Alex Nicholson, Kevin Casey and Eric Spicely.
Do you think Sam Alvey can make weight by tomorrow?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/19/2017.