How Zak Cummings failed to make 170 from 217


Zak Cummings missed weight by some eight pounds at the TUF China Finale last weekend. In a post on his Facebook page, he explains how he started at 217 in his goal of making 171.

I would like to address what happened this past weekend in Macau. I under no circumstances will be making any excuse for not doing what I was suppose to do which was make weight for my upcoming fight. I am ashamed, embarrassed, and completely upset with myself. I publicly need to apologize to Alberto Mina, his team and supporters, the UFC, Macau, China, my gym, friends, family and all my supporters. I am so incredibly sorry to let you all down. My job was to make 171.0 and no less and I failed my job. I did want to share a few things with everyone. NO, these are in no way excuses, just a few facts that might shed some light on the terrible event that happened. 

I accepted this fight with the month of Feb to prepare and cut weight. Due to personal events such as taking care of my father until he passed away and then healing an injury, I was 217lbs when I accepted the fight. I was just healing up and started back in the gym. I was about to let the UFC know that I’m feeling better and will be ready to go in a couple months. They contacted be first. The next day, I left for an amazing trip to Singapore, Diego Garcia and Bahrain to visit the military troops with a 4 other fighters. I agreed to go on this trip after my injury and I knew I wouldn’t be fighting soon. I spent 10 days traveling and then 10 days in the gym before leaving for China. In China I cut everyday being there while eating very low amounts. I didn’t sleep at all the night before weigh ins due to my body beginning to shutdown and was in so much discomforting pain. On the day of weigh ins I cut down to 176lbs which was 5lbs over with a few hours left. I though everything was right on track. I got back in the sauna and hot baths multiple times and my body just stopped. No more sweat, no more weight was coming off. I just hit an absolute wall. While in my room getting stuff together for weigh ins my body started cringing with pain and losing my vision and on the verge of passing out with every movement. I became very concerned for my health and did the ultimate no no which was take a few gulps of water. I was the 1st fighter to see the doctors for medicals and the doctors saw how bad I was and became very concerned. They knew they had to figure something out quick and could not wait till the official weigh in because my body needed fluids so badly to function. They weighed me and I was 177.6, which was 6 and half pounds over my allotted weight of 171. While waiting my body was shutting down and I was left on the concrete floor in the worst pain of my life with my corners, UFC personnel, and physicians surrounding me. They offered Alberto a catch weight to keep the fight scheduled where his coaches advised him to turn down. In all honesty even if they accepted the catch weight I don’t think the physicians were going to medically release me. All that was said was I was 8 pounds over and the fight was cancelled. This was true and I can’t deny it. When it was all said and done, I cut 42 pounds and end up falling short ending with me curled up on a floor with my friends, family and others concerned about my health. I’ve had some very hard cuts before which left me in pain but never have I been legitimately concerned about loosing me life. Hindsight I should have never taken the fight and attempted this craziness, BUT I DID. Which makes me responsible for not making the weight. Again, no excuse; I messed up and will regret it forever. I am extremely sorry but I will take this, learn from it and be back stronger. 
Thank you for standing by me.

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3/15/14 3:10 PM by Powerful DJH

Well just by the way he writes you can see he's not the most intelligent man in the world. If it was one thing then go ahead right a letter. But that was a long list of shitty decisions starting with taking the fight. Wasn't he 85er on TUF anyway.

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3/15/14 2:42 PM by CombatIns

I don't know what it is like where he lives but here in the south of somebody in your family passes away everyone who knows you brings you food. With his dad passing if that is the case I can see being emotional and eating what the people brought. That could be a reason for being heavy at the time of accepting the fight. Just a thought.

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3/13/14 4:44 AM by jpm995

Its amazing these guys can cut so much weight and still fight. Does the body recover fully after hydrating in 24 hours? And props him for coming on and explaining what happened. At least he takes responsibility for missing weight. Even as great it must be say your a ufc fighter, i can't beleive what these guys put themselves through for a lousy 10k undercard fight. Props to Zach and all these guys.

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3/12/14 9:10 PM by TheTeaFactory

Sucks for him. He needs to fire his coach because accepting a fight at 170 when your 217 is messed up. Ultimately it's the fighters choice but everyone needs the right guidance.

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3/12/14 8:52 PM by ECWCock


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3/12/14 5:10 PM by ECWCock


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3/12/14 1:20 PM by BJs Pen

I can understand apologizing to you opponent, the UFC, and your fans. But the entire country of china? Seems a bit excessive no?

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3/12/14 11:13 AM by Card "I waited and invested so much for this fight," a frustrated Mina told   "My UFC debut in Macau would have meant a lot to me, more than 300 friends and students left Hong Kong to Macau for the fight."   "It was very frustrating for the whole time, sweat and hope dedicated to fulfill this dream and see it all fall apart due to other fighter’s incompetence."   "The possibility of fighting at catchweight would have existed if my opponent at least tried to cut weight. We did the pre-weigh-ins the whole day, and I only found about this ‘little difference’ of eight pounds in the last one. He was almost one weight division up.   "I would have accepted to fight at catchweight if they had told me on Friday morning about it, before I did the last cut in the sauna, when I lost the last 11 pounds," he continued. "However, this guy waited for me to get to my limit to offer me a catchweight and give me 20% of his purse -- which isn’t much.   "I’m 10-0 because I always prepared to fight as a professional. I was upset to see the whole camp I did with my coaches Rodrigo Medeiros, Alexis Demetriades and Paul Ivens go away, but I respected my coaches’ decision (to not fight)."   "There’s a real why the UFC is the biggest promotion in the world," Mina said. "They paid me like if I had fought. I got a text from Dana White saying that he was sorry for what happened, and Joe Silva immediately contacted me to see the best time to get me a new fight, probably around May or June. They impressed me with their professionalism."  

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3/5/14 5:45 PM by esque


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3/5/14 5:34 PM by Durk McGurk

Yeah being a pro means you probably shouldnt balloon up to 217 as a welterweight even if you dont have a fight coming up. But guys seem to get black listed by the ufc if they turn down a fight even on short notice. I don't blame the guy entirely. Ufc needs more level headedness when it comes to this so guys aren't afraid to say no.