Famed MMA nutritionist and weight cutting guru Mike Dolce recently appeared in MMAWeekly Radio and expressed confidence that he can get Cris Cyborg down to 135, and that she will beat Ronda Rousey.
Dolce has a sterling record of helping fighters cut to a new division or overcome previous problems with making weight safely and effectively, without sweating out their weight, health, and conditioning in the sauna.
Dolce met with Cyborg in LA before she returned home to Brazil for a vacation, and is utterly confident he can make Cyborg the greatest female fighter on the planet, and a legend.
“I have every intention of working with Cris Cyborg once her UFC contract is finalized," said Dolce. "Right now we’re circling the drain, we’re waiting for the go ahead, but Cris she’s been on vacation in Brazil. If she was here in the United States, she and I already would have been working together. So she’ll be back, her contract will be signed hopefully soon, and as soon as she has a date and an opponent, then it’s game on, I will be working with Cris Cyborg."
“I’m the only guy in the world that can get Cris Cyborg on weight and healthy. I only say that because I have the history. I’m only going to point to my resume when you look at Rampage Rampage was 260 pounds when he came into the fight with Lyoto Machida. He came out there and made 205 pounds easily and he beat Machida. Johny Hendricks is 215 pounds, started working with me, he’s beat Fitch, Koscheck and Kampmann. Johny probably is the biggest welterweight in the UFC, and he’s destined to be a world champion. Thiago Alves, Chael Sonnen was 233 pounds six weeks before the Michael Bisping fight in Chicago."
“Nobody can say that any of my athletes ever look unhealthy or ever underperform as a result of their weight cut.”
“She’ll be 135 pounds, it will be the healthiest she’s been her entire career, and it will be the best performance of her entire career or I would not have taken the job. I can’t risk having an athlete underperform as a result of a weight cut. I would never jeopardize an athlete’s health. A lot of athletes come to me and they want me to help them drop a weight class or two, and I’ve turned a lot of huge names down because it’s just not safe, it’s not healthy."
“At 135 pounds, Cris Cyborg will be the best of her career. She will be the greatest female fighter in the world. She will achieve legendary status at 135 pounds. At 145, she’s too heavy, she’s slower at 145. She’ll be faster at 135, she’ll be more reactive, more flexible, more mobile, and she’ll be stronger. She’ll produce more force per pound of her body weight than she can at 145; I guarantee it.”
“Cris Cyborg could be the world champion today. Whenever Cris fights for the title, she’ll win the title. So if they want one fight or five fights, whoever she fights, she’ll beat. Whether it’s Ronda Rousey for the title, or it’s Sara McMann or Miesha Tate, but there’s a lot of tough girls, but whoever she fights, she’ll beat.”
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