Report: Ilir Latifi cut 26 pounds in three days to make weight for UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Sweden
By Jesse Holland on Apr 5 2013, 1:59p
Sounds like someone owes their kidneys an apology...
I guess that makes "deep waters" somewhere around the two-minute mark?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight headliner Ilir Latifi, who stepped in to replace the injured Alexander Gustafsson earlier this week (see why here), made weight for his UFC on FUEL TV 9 main event opposite Gegard Mousasi by weighing 206 pounds.
See for yourself right here.
That's about 26 pounds less than where "The Sledgehammer" started, according to a report from our friends over at Kimura.se:
Ilir weighed 105 kg on Wednesday, and earlier today he weighed in at 93.4 kg. In three days he was stripped away approximately 12 kg.
One kilogram = 2.20462 pounds.
While drastic, weight cutting of this magnitude is not uncommon. Chris Weidman underwent a similar drop to prepare for Demian Maia on super-short notice ahead of UFC on FOX 2 back in early 2012 (see how much the "All American" had to lose here).
It was not without consequence.
Weidman won a close unanimous decision over the Brazilian grappler in a putrid performance in "The Windy City," but was aided by Maia's equally abysmal conditioning. If Latifi plans to use his wrestling and top control to upset the heavily-favored Mousasi at tomorrow's event in Sweden (results here), he won't have a lot of time to do it.