Nutritionist / Mad weightcut scientist Mike Dolce tells Tapout Radio his side of the Cris Cyborg weight-cutting story:
She’s a great girl, she’s a sweetheart and super talented, we all know that. As I sat there, if you look at my resume I think I have a pretty good stance to say I can judge people’s body weights. I know what they can make safely and what they cannot make safely. Based upon the lifestyle – now we spoke about her lifestyle. What did you eat today, what did you do during training camps, tell me about your training. Tell me about your sleep schedule. All these things, external influences. I really get in there and learn everything about the athlete. And I was talking to Cris and said wow, there’s so many things that with my method we can fix. And when we were sitting there that day she was 168 pounds. She hadn’t been training, she didn’t have a fight. She was in off season mode at 168. She was in good shape but she wasn’t ripped from 12-week fight camp mode.
I said well we get you on my eating program that 168 turns into 158 pretty quick. We start the training camp and we play with some of the puritization aspects of what we do, that 158 drops into the low 150s. Three weeks out from the fight, you’re probably gonna be 148, high 40s. 135 then becomes rather easy three weeks out to just do some electrolyte manipulation, play with the water intake, clean out her digestive tract, and then boom we peaked her perfectly to put her on the scale. This is what I said to her and this is what I said to her management team at the time. Everybody was stoked. Then a week goes by and I kinda make the call and ask ‘What’s up guys?’ ‘We’re waiting, we’re waiting,’ Cris says she’s waiting on her management. Well evidently her management may have changed because the people who were calling initially, they were off the case, other people were involved. My phone stopped ringing but my name started popping up in the media. Which I thought was odd.
I reached out to Cris in December, getting close to New Years. Said hey, it’s been a month or so, six weeks is the way I looked at it. If you want to fight at 135, we should have started the day we met. We should have started four months before the fight. So four weeks go by, six weeks go by, New Years goes by. And everyone keeps saying it’s impossible, it’s impossible, it’s impossible. And then the doctors, the doctor reports and the news conference. There’s this big media scrum about it, which I don’t understand. I sat with the girl. If we started the process when we had the conversation, when everyone was talking about it, I think she would have fought Ronda back in February, and made 35 and it would have been easy. In my opinion, and look at my resume. That’s based on my opinion. I’ve got Johny Hendricks here, he’s 210 pound welterweight and he’s gonna make 170 no problem. Look at Rampage, I got him from 260 to 205 in a single training camp to beat Lyoto Machida. And it goes on and on and on. So I didn’t understand what the issue was.
But how many chicks does he have in his stable of fighters? How much experience does he have helping them cut down in weight? And has he factored in the terrors of the female period???
Okay, I’ve held onto the idea that forcing Cris to cut this extra 10 pounds was unreasonable for a very long time, but Dolce’s breakdown is pretty persuasive. Which means either Cyborg just really likes being able to eat ding dongs and ho hos or the weight cut thing is an excuse.
But why make an excuse? Perhaps because her new management team is using it to try and get more money out of the UFC? I don’t blame her there. There’s not a whole lot of big money fights in women’s MMA right now, but the one with Ronda Rousey certainly qualifies. Cyborg deserves to get paid for that one, and paid well. If this comes down to the UFC being cheap, well then I blame them more than I blame Cyborg for the fight not happening.