Mike Dolce explains Hendricks weigh-in fiasco


Earlier today Johny Hendricks caused quite a stir, and probably a small heart attack for UFC officials, when he weighed in 1.5 lbs over the limit for his UFC 171 title fight. 

Famed diet coach Mike Dolce worked with Hendricks for this whole camp and explained what went wrong today:

“At one point, he was 171.8 (pounds) before he went into the bathtub, and we did a 20-minute in the bathtub, where we’ll lose [sixth-tenths of a pound] to a pound in that time,” Dolce said. “I’m sitting with him, and he’s sweating profusely. We go back and we step on, and it says he gained [two-tenths of an ounce] in that session. That was when he said, ‘F–k. This scale is off.’ That was probably going to be our last one or two sessions of the day.”

To complicate matters, Dolce said, the entire weight-cutting process was delayed so Hendricks could attend a 2 p.m. “medical meeting” that changed their planned schedule.

And when they went to check weight on a UFC’s scale at the fighter hotel that is identically calibrated to the one used at official weigh-ins, Dolce said the promotion had packed it up.

“So we knew Johny was going to be close,” said Dolce, who’s worked with Hendricks as a consultant for his past six UFC fights. “I felt that he would have and could have been on. In looking at the scale, it was 170.5. The commissioner said 171.5. I don’t know how correct that was; maybe my angle was bad or theirs was. But there’s no doubt that Johny was going to make weight.”

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SammichQueen site profile image  

3/15/14 6:15 AM by SammichQueen

Why aren't they using digital scales now? The counterbalance relies on old sausage fingers getting the reading correct.

idsmashit site profile image  

3/15/14 6:13 AM by idsmashit

smoke and mirrors dolce

crazydave site profile image  

3/15/14 5:00 AM by crazydave

weightcutting in general sucks.

Bisping decisioned my SN site profile image  

3/15/14 3:36 AM by Bisping decisioned my SN

He was shaking due to nerves I get the same thing before fights

TheVileOne site profile image  

3/15/14 3:36 AM by TheVileOne

Dolce said Hendricks was dehydrated and had very low body fat at that point and the venue was very cold and made him chilly.

MMA Lives Here site profile image  

3/15/14 2:54 AM by MMA Lives Here

171 nearly lost its headliner. Hendricks was 1.5 over and shaking involuntarily. Doesn't happen that often for a title fight

Tyrone sBong site profile image  

3/15/14 2:47 AM by Tyrone sBong

Who gives a fuck? He made weight on the second go. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not good practice to be missing on ya first go, but it was fuck all weight to get rid of and he did it just fine. Am I the only one that thinks there's an overreaction here?

LoneWolf50 site profile image  

3/15/14 2:13 AM by LoneWolf50

I think he was shaking because he realized he is less than 24 hours from being knocked out.

TFK_HossPearson site profile image  

3/15/14 1:19 AM by TFK_HossPearson

How many fighters missed weight tonight? 3? Could the official scale have been fucked?

dannyapodaca site profile image  

3/15/14 1:18 AM by dannyapodaca

That's about the only reason I believe out of the rest of his bs.