07-07-2012, 11:26 PM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Just found this. Maybe concern about the weight cut is unfounded after all.
Big weight drop no issue for UFC 148 challenger Sonnen, says nutrition guru Dolce
Today at 10 a.m. local time, Chael Sonnen weighed 190 pounds. Yesterday, he was 15 pounds heavier, and 20 pounds from the on-the-dot 185 he needs to be to fight champ Anderson Silva at UFC 148.
The middleweight title challenger looked a little nervous when he reported that figure during interviews on Thursday, one day before the event's official weigh-ins.
But the man who got him there wasn't, and he said today's number is exactly what it's supposed to be.
"This is the process," nutritionist Mike Dolce today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
There will be no one-pound allowance of a non-title fight when Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) steps on the scale for a pay-per-view meeting Saturday with Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Weight limits for title bouts top out at the maximum poundage allowed for each division, which at middleweight means 185 pounds.
Dolce, a former teammate of Sonnen's who began consulting with the fighter in 2007, said the remainder of his client's bulk is going to be shed after breakfast with a workout. No long, energy-sucking sauna session will be needed.
On how Sonnen shed the pounds so quickly, Dolce said proper nutrition, electrolyte manipulation and a "vital state of health" were the key ingredients. More than that might be revealing trade secrets.
"No longer should guys be cutting weight and dehydrating and starving themselves for 10 days, two weeks," Dolce said. "For the most important physical competition of their life, it just makes no sense.
"We always hear about the Dolce guys being 20, 25 pounds over fight week, and what happens? They make weight, they look amazing, (and) they have career-defining performances the next night."
A veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 7," Dolce released his "The Dolce Diet: Living Lean" book in October 2011 and has transitioned from active fighter to nutritional consultant for some of the biggest names in MMA.
Dolce's services don't come cheap. During a media luncheon held Monday at Arnie Morton's Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif., Sonnen told MMAjunkie.com that he shells out a healthy weekly fee, plus expenses, to have Dolce move into his house and manage his diet.
There were temptations aplenty at the luncheon: plump steaks, dressing-heavy salads, all manner of fried accompaniments, and bread. Sonnen called Dolce before ordering and picked at a plate of scallops and vegetables. Near the tail end of the gathering, he produced a bag of raw cashews. He noted he had never eaten so much and never been so heavy prior to a fight.
But it was all part of the plan.
"The more impressive story is when Chael has a dominant five-round victory, whether it's five rounds or five seconds," Dolce said.
For more on UFC 148, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
Last edited by Calminian : 07-07-2012 at 11:32 PM.