Deceased fighter reportedly took diuretics to cut weight
Nova Uniao flyweight fighter Leandro “Feijao” Souza passed away while cutting weight Thursday for Friday’s Shooto Brazil 43 card in Rio de Janeiro. He was 26 years old.
Souza reportedly passed out in the sauna, and was transported to the hospital, where he was declared dead. He had two pounds to go to make weight.
Now a report has come out that he used the diuretic Lasix to help him cut weight.
“I didn’t know he was taking that,” the fighter’s aunt, Elma Caetano told Extra on Saturday. “Two kids that train with him told me that (he was taking Lasix).”
Several sources told MMAFighting.com that Souza took three diuretic pills on Wednesday and four on Thursday, and he was two pounds over the limit when he passed out inside a sauna. He got the fight on short notice and had to lose 33 pounds in one week.
Diuretics are banned in MMA, but Brazilian promotions don’t run drug tests before the fights. In general, most of the MMA promotions in Brazil only require blood exams for diseases like hepatitis and AIDS.