Dern Couldn’t Stand During Weight Cut
Mackenzie Dern was at the center of controversy this weekend, as she walked onto the scale at UFC 224, seven pounds heavier than her opponent Amanda Cooper.
“I started to get nervous on Thursday night,” claimed Mackenzie Dern, as she got closer to the weigh-ins for UFC 224.
“I spoke to my manager. In Vegas, I had a close weight cut, but in Vegas I was 100 percent positive I was going to make the weight even though I was the last one to weigh in. In Brazil, I told my manager on Thursday, ‘This isn’t like Vegas where the whole time I’m positive.’
When she landed in Rio, Dern weighed 139.5 pounds, she would end up dropping to 123 pounds by Friday’s weigh-in.
“On Thursday night, I was doing a lot of hours in the sauna and the weight wasn’t coming off; I was just losing 500 grams or 600 grams for every two hours,” claimed Dern on The MMA Hour. “I told [my manager], ‘I don’t think I’m going to lose this many kilos in 24 hours.”
Dern insisted her team “did everything we could” to get her weight down on Friday morning. She had stopped her cut on Thursday night when her body stopped shedding water.
The Jiu-Jitsu star turned UFC athlete told Helwani that the Brazilian commission, and the UFC called a halt to her cut with hours prior to the weigh-in due to potential medical consequences/
“[The commission] said, ‘If you keep going then we won’t have a chance to do that fight because you won’t be able to move, if we have to do a catchweight or something you have to stop now’. It was 9 o’clock already when they made the decision,” she remembered.
“The UFC doctors were there, they went to sauna, they met me there. They were the ones who made the decision; it wasn’t me who wanted to stop. I went to the bathroom to check my weight and when I came back they put me on the chair and they started to give me some ice and I said, ‘No, I need to cut weight!’ They told me to drink and I didn’t understand why.”
Dern at one point was not only at risk of missing the fight, she was not even able to stand up.
“I felt my body not reacting well. The other times I didn’t make weight it was in my head. I started to trip out a little — well, not a little, a lot — that my body was shutting down,” Dern explained.
“For this one, I felt like my mind was right, but I remember telling my coaches, ‘It’s hard for me to stand up’, I started to feel it in my legs. Then I went to the sauna two more times and then I wasn’t able to stand up anymore. The water came out of my legs and the muscles in my legs were starting to not respond. They thought I wouldn’t be able to fight.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting