Khamzat Chimaev’s body seized up during UFC 279 weight cut


Andreas Michael says Khamzat Chimaev’s body went off during his weight cut for UFC 279.

Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in last Saturday’s headliner at T-Mobile Arena, is 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limit. As a result, the fight card was shuffled and Chimaev fought Kevin Holland instead. Diaz fought Tony Ferguson in the main event.

Michael said that Chimaev had problems during the cut and was not going to jeopardize his star pupil’s health, although they were devastated the fight with Diaz failed.

“We took the first four pounds pretty easily and then it’s like, ‘We’ll take the rest in the morning,'” Michael told ESPN. “So we had about 2.5 to 3 kilos left. But then some complications started happening overnight. (Chimaev) started having cramps, started vomiting, he started feeling dizzy. His body was seizing up and we called the UFC. We called the doctor and wanted his opinion, because I am not a doctor. I don’t know what’s safe and unsafe, and I always take the safe route. We play with people’s lives here – it’s no joke.

“Actually he had about six pounds to lose, but we drank first because he needed to hydrate a bit before weighing us, with the doctor’s recommendation. Remember: The doctor recommended it. I will not go against the doctor.

Michael said Chimaev arrived at camp heavier than usual and didn’t have enough time for his reduction to 170 pounds. Michael wanted to make sure his camp was focused on the fight itself, not just the weight cut.

“He’s never missed weight before, so I don’t know why everyone acts like he’s always missed weight,” Michael said. “It’s the first time. Yes, he struggled to gain weight, and that’s on him. He trains hard and he likes to eat for energy. He trains harder than anyone, but it has consequences. You have to feed the machine.

“You need time to reach a reasonable weight before you start your camp. Diaz arrived at the end of August. We said, ‘Can we move it around a bit, please, because it’s a legacy fight, that one. Of course, we would like this fight. They moved him about a week and a half after that, two weeks after that, and I think we had five or six weeks of prep to get into camp when we heard about it, and he was already around 93-94 kilos (205- 207 pounds) starting his camp. So I was thinking like this: Do I have to make camp all around his weight, or do I have to make camp train well to win?

Chimaev didn’t seem to have any physical issues the night of the fight. He cruised through Holland for a first-round submission in a 180-pound bout.

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