Weight Cut in Combat Sports Makes it to the Small Screen

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The Weight cut in MMA: Extraordinary Bodies on BBC Three.

The Weight Cut: Extreme Weight Loss is a new episode of the Extraordinary Bodies program on BBC Three network. The 30-minute documentary follows MMA fighter Dean Garnett while he is cutting weight for his bout against Luiz Tosta at the 2016 Bellator 158 promotion in London.

Garnett has to drop 7 kg overnight. He uses saunas and hot baths. The film also examines how the unhealthy way of cutting weight may affect the long term health for life.

The industry of the Mixed Martial Arts has become a multi-billion dollar sphere of activity. However what happens behind the scenes is indeed kept as a dark secret. The audience witnesses the final product. Physical and mental training, as well as the sacrifice generally remain out of the script.

The extreme weight cutting is indeed a dangerous thing to do. At the last weekend’s UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2 event in Las Vegas, Russian athlete Khabib Nurmagomedov had to pull out due to weight management medical issues. What is more, the weight cutting has already taken the lives in the sport. In 2013, MMA fighter Leandro Souza of Brazil died after suffering a stroke in a sauna. He was trying to lose 15 kg in one week. Also Yang Jian Bing of China passed away due to a fatal heart attack in 2015.

In addition to the video the network provides a comprehensive write up. Titled as ‘Not far from death’: How fighters are risking their lives to make weight, the story quotes the character and also gives the details on the procedure he is undertaking.

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.

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