White Cut 46 Pounds for UFC Liverpool
While all the weight-cutting drama at UFC Liverpool surrounded headline competitor Darren Till missing weight for his bout with Stephen Thompson, nothing was brought up about the feat newcomer Craig White did for his short-notice bout against Neil Magny.
After being given a phone call by the UFC to step in on the card and fight Magny, White had to shed 46 pounds in just two weeks. White previously pulled off a 40-pound cut back in 2014 for a fight with John Redmond. Although White has experience with extreme weight cuts before, and the bout wasn’t guaranteed yet, White had promised he wouldn’t do something major again.
“I promised my coach [Dave Matthews] and my girlfriend that I’d never do it again,” White said. “Then, the phone rings about two weeks before UFC Liverpool and Graham Boylan is asking me if I’m available to fight Neil Magny. In that moment, the Redmond cut was the first thing that crossed my mind.
At that stage, I was out of camp and I was the heaviest I’d ever been. All I could hear in my head was, ‘You’re 98 kilos (216 pounds) — what the f*** are you doing?’ Two seconds later I accepted the fight.
For the next couple of weeks, White worked out for four times a day with an intake of about 600 calories per day, with meals consisting of small pieces of meat and leaves. He did encounter some obstacles along the way, such as his body stopping the cut and media obligations due to being the co-main event of the card.
White said he slugged through the open workouts and final pound shedding, hating himself for putting himself through something like that again. And when Till missed weight, Magny offered himself as a fill-in, and White began to worry all that suffering was for naught.
“So after the ordeal, I had put myself through to make weight, there was a chance I wouldn’t fight,” White said. “I just rang my girlfriend and started laughing down the phone. It was a sh** feeling for a few hours, but thankfully we finally got word that Thompson had agreed to the fight under certain circumstances.”
Combined all that he experienced, White is extremely against UFC President Dana White’s motivation to go back to late afternoon/early evening weigh-ins.
“I had got down to that weight and my body was absolutely ruined at that stage, but because I had so much time to rehydrate, it was the best I’ve ever felt on a fight day,” White said. “I was back up to about 92 kilos (202 pounds) by fight day. The only thing I had to sacrifice because of the early weigh-ins was a bit of sleep, but that was fine because I was able to have a nap during the day to make up for it.
The thing is, the night before the weigh-in you never get a good sleep because you’re so dehydrated. [Getting rid of the early weigh-in] just doesn’t make sense to me.
Original Story: MMA Fighting