The dangers of weight cutting were brought home this month, when Nova Uniao flyweight fighter Leandro "Feijao" Souza, 26, passed away while cutting weight in Rio de Janeiro. Then on Saturday UFC featherweight Rodrigo Damm was forced to withdraw from his fight with Hacran Dias at UFN 29 in. It was the second fight that Damm had to cancel for kidney issues, and may be his last, at least at 145.
According to MMA Junkie, Damm began experiencing back pain on Thursday, and then suffered urine in his blood on Friday.
"He actually got better, and we were hopeful everything would be OK," said Damm's manager Alex Davis "But we double-checked to make sure and took him to his doctor, and he found out there were more stones. It was kidney stones, and there were more to come out. In that situation, if a guy is dehydrating and he starts expelling those stones, he could end up with a serious problem and need surgery or lose a kidney. So at that point, we had to stop it."
"He was really disappointed. He trained really hard. He thought it was a good fight for him. But it's safety first, health first. ... It's unfortunate, but the fight isn't worth losing a kidney or having kidney problems."
"I think that if Joe and Sean are positive on that (move to lightweight), it's probably something we'd like to look into. It'd make it easier on him. He's not going to fight for 10 years anymore, so he'll probably end his career at 155."
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