How Gleison Tibau weighs in at 156, fights at 180+
UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau is about 181 when he steps into the cage, walks around over 190, and fights in the 155 lb division. How he does it is revealed in an article by Guilherme Cruz. A trio of ATT trainers Stefane Dias and Everton Bittar, and nutritionist Leopoldo Leao have a plan that is specifically for Tibau.
Would it work for you? No. But it works for Tibau, who cuts more weight than anyone in the sport, and has been doing so for five years.
“Stefane Dias started this whole procedure with Gleison about five years ago,” Bittar told MMA Fighting. “There is a principle in sports training called ‘biological individuality,’ in which we must respect and create the camps individually.
“We never try to get him the heaviest possible on fight night, because we’ve been through situations in the past where he was very swollen due to excess serum sodium and its weight was almost 186, and this has negatively affected his movement inside the cage.”
“During the fight week, he works on the technical part with striking coach Luciano ‘Macarrao’ and jiu-jitsu coach Marcos da Matta, but also maintenance the aerobic workouts to help weight loss together with a dietary restriction of solid foods and an increase in fluid intake ranging from six to eight liters per day (distilled water) – or water with zero percent sodium – for a period of two days after gradually reducing the water. This causes the body to eliminate more water and not retain anything in the moments prior to weighing.”
“After this brief recovery, he eats light food which is quickly absorbed, like bananas, grapes, fruit salad, as well as Vitamin Water or Gatorade… We continue with the intake of low-fat foods that are rich in carbohydrates every two hours, and also make shakes with added glutamine, dextrose, maltodextrin and vitamins to obtain a super compensation carbohydrate and assist in performance the athlete. We also add calcium pills, potassium and magnesium due to dehydration to avoid cramps on fight time.”
“We’ve seen several other athletes losing a lot of weight in a short period only with saunas and hot tubs and it really hinders the recovery of the athlete and makes some athletes faint. In fact, the sauna is very dangerous to health. We will quote a recommendation from the American College of Sports Medicine: ‘you should never dehydrate an athlete for more than six percent of their body weight to not affect his performance. When the athlete loses more than 10 percent of his body weight with fluids only, your chances of death are very high.'”