Fact: Mike Dolce can get Roy Nelson to 205

by Jonathan Shrager | source: cagepotato.com

Though he first landed on our radars as a competitor on TUF 7, fighter/trainer Mike Dolce has become much more famous for The Dolce Diet — the health and nutrition system he employs to help MMA stars like Thiago Alves, Chael Sonnen, and Vitor Belfort hit their weight limits while retaining peak performance on fight-day. Fresh off his wizard-like guidance of Thiago Alves earlier this month, we decided to get the Living Lean author on the phone to find out exactly how he does it.

Jonathan Shrager: Following his fight with Frank Mir, Dana White suggested that Roy Nelson should try to make 205 lbs in an attempt to rejuvenate himself and his career. Roy subsequently claimed that this would require him to lose a limb, but now he says he’ll try to do it if he gets enough Facebook fans. Would you be the man to help Roy shed the belly?

Mike Dolce: Well, I don’t want to use Roy’s name specifically, but when I worked with Rampage, he began his training camp at 255 pounds, and he made 205 pretty easily. Quinton is shorter than Roy, and Roy, at his heaviest, weighs 260 pounds. So, if Rampage can achieve it, and he probably has more muscle, then I think it’s safe to predict that Roy could make 205.

JS: What’s the most drastic cut that you’ve had to help a fighter achieve?

MD: I helped Duane “BANG” Ludwig lose over 40 pounds in less than two weeks to take a short-notice fight against Jim Miller in January 2010. What made that cut even harder is that Duane fought in early December, went on vacation with his family and fully embraced the typical holiday menu. But, Duane is such a strong individual, it is doubtful any other athlete could have done that. I have had other guys lose nearly 60 pounds in less than eight weeks. Of course, health is always the most important factor and we strive to accomplish such goals in the healthiest manner possible.

JS: Would you relish the challenge of working with fighters who are notorious for missing weight such as Paul Daley?

MD: I don’t necessarily relish the challenge of “who can drop the most weight,” but instead embrace the duty to help these guys achieve their goals while maintaining a vibrant state of health. I am first and foremost a longevity advocate and my number one priority is to keep these guys healthy. In my view, the healthier an athlete is, the better the athlete will be able to perform. This is why I employ a whole-foods method combined with intelligent periodization and restorative methods to produce world-class performances. This, I believe, is the future of peak performance.

JS: You work with a lot of Brazilian fighters, and Chael Sonnen. What are your Brazilian clients’ opinions on Chael and his recent remarks about their country? Is Chael as funny behind the scenes when you are working with him on a daily basis as he appears to be on camera?

MD: Chael is a polarizing character, but most of the people I talk to love what he is doing for the sport. He creates excitement outside of the cage and certainly backs it up when he steps inside. Of course, some people don’t like a few of the things he says, but the general consensus is that he is hilarious. In my own experiences with him, Chael has a great sense of humor, a warm heart, and actually, a brilliant mind. I would put him on stage with Howard Stern, John Stewart, and Bill Maher, and have full confidence that Chael would talk circles around those guys.

Read entire interview...
Buy Living Lean book...

Related MMA gear from the UG Store


Fear the Fighter Boxing Club 2013 Shirt

Fear the Fighter Boxing Club 2013 Shirt

Only $39.66

Fear the Fighter Roy Nelson UFC 166 Walkout Shirt

Fear the Fighter Roy Nelson UFC 166 Walkout Shirt

Only $39.66


Recent Comments »

CoreNobody site profile image  

3/23/12 11:58 PM by CoreNobody


Rickmeister site profile image  

3/23/12 11:53 PM by Rickmeister

I could get Nelson to 205. Dolce is so overrated repackaging a tweaked paleo as this awesome secret thing.

Pride Rules site profile image  

3/23/12 10:57 PM by Pride Rules

i agree fully but rampage was a much better fighter way before he ever met dolce, so its not like making sure rampage doesnt eat cheese and he drinks his water has done anything special for him not to mention, he just missed weight. id like to hear anyone tell me a fighter who was consistantly fucking up and getting his ass beat, then went on the dolce diet and reversed all that you people act like you just started watching mma/ for years we have been entertained by elite athletes who never wore a dolce diet t-shirt maybe thats why chuck started getting KOd? he didnt eat the dolce pancakes? well why was he so good for all those years? rampage was a killer back in pride and was KOing ppl in ufc before getting with dolce....but just imagine what that arona slam woulda looked like if only he had cut out his cheese and white bread!!  

torquemada site profile image  

3/23/12 10:46 PM by torquemada

Helping someone diet down also usually involves a lot of babysitting and keeping guys accountable. I don't know what Dolce makes, but if he can keep guys like Rampage on point, he earns it.

Pride Rules site profile image  

3/23/12 10:34 PM by Pride Rules

 all dolce does is set them up with a nice diet, something that a lot of people cant manage to do because they're too dumb and wont research do you really think there is anything scientific or special about dolce having vitor eat whole grain bread with blueberries and strawberries for breakfast? how about scrambling egg whites with spinach and having 8ounces of orange juice? is that really special or what? also, cutting water sucks in general but there are ways to do it that have been practiced long before dolce started taking advantage of fighter stupidity. ive seen plenty of people throw on sauna suits and run in the hot ass sun and continue to train hard in the gym to sweat their weight out. of course training with no food or water and running in the sun to strip 20+lbs out of you is a bad way to do it. dolce cant make you a protien shake that causes you to piss 25lbs out with no problem...if he could then i would agree he is a genious. eat whole grains, lean meats, fresh fruit, plenty of water, plenty of antioxidant rich foods and there you have your own dolce diet. nothing superhuman about it.

12SixElbow site profile image  

3/23/12 3:32 PM by 12SixElbow

 Basically this. I've cut 25lbs of water weight on my own, and literally felt like I got hit by a fucking truck.

strengthcoach site profile image  

3/23/12 2:12 PM by strengthcoach

The truth is out!Sonnen, Alves, Belfort, Hendricks, Ellenberger, Maynard, Hieron, Ludwig, Pyle, Bocek, Lentz, Alessio, Jardine, Rampage, Bisping and a few dozen more elite athletes don't hire me to give them a health and performance edge when their careers and financial stability are on the line BUT simply just like the way I look in a black and gold t-shirt.It makes perfect sense that athletes at a world-class level should be getting their training programs from Google and bodybuilding magazines.In related news, Chael Sonnen has fired his coaching staff and rented Under Seige, Kung Fu Panda and all eight seasons of Walker, Texas Ranger to prepare for his upcoming world title fight against Anderson Silva.How do I know this? Because I am sitting at his kitchen table, having been brought in to oversee his pre-training camp.Hopefully, he doesn't see the Zumba infomercial...or my job is toast!Sincerely,Mike Dolce*Proud UG member since 2004!

Sudo21 site profile image  

3/21/12 6:11 AM by Sudo21

Why hate on Dolce? If Alves, Sonnen, Rampage, Pyle and bunch of more fighters worked with him, he does something good for them.Any idiot can cut weight, but it's important to do it in healthy way and even more important is to look good on fight night so you can give your best. I can cut 20 lbs, no problem, but next day i will look like shit in ring/cage.. Anyone can do that.. Doing it in healthy way is a little bit more difficult.Dolce helps guys with that (proper nutrition and good weight cut), they have bunch of stuff to worry about in training camp, at least they don't have to worry about nutrition, one of most important things.

r_o_y site profile image  

3/21/12 2:36 AM by r_o_y

i think he for sure could be in the range of welterweight or middleweight.