Cummings, Prazeres both bring weight cutting issues to fight
The good news is UFC lightweight Michel Prazeres is on a six-fight win streak. Bad news is he missed weight for three out of his last four fights. The UFC insisted he move up to welterweight at least for his fight Saturday night vs. Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 129 in Chile.
Cummings too had recent issues with weight cutting.
Cummings said the camp for a fight with Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 124 in January had gone smoothly, and he had about seven pounds to go, when he took a hot bath at the fighter hotel. That dropped about five pounds, and he sat on the edge of the tub as his team dried him off. Then he lifted a leg to help the drying process.
“I kind of slipped backwards a little bit on the tub and my friend says I fell back,” said Cummings to Tim Bissell for Bloody Elbow. “But I just didn’t fall back, there was a metal handrail right behind me and I hit my head on it. I don’t know if it flashed me or what. But the next thing I know, I’m laying folded up in the tub with blood everywhere and everyone looking over me and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I think something bad might have happened.’”
The back of his head had a wide gash and UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard made the wise determination to call off the fight.
“It was just devastating,” said Cummings. “I had a newborn at home and I was away at camp. I missed like most of the first three months of her life and it was hard for me. It was terrible to leave the family behind and get ready for that fight, but I had a feeling that it would pay off and kind of pay off big. But I felt like that part was robbed from me and I missed all that time at home for no reason.”
“It could have been way worse. To hit my head that hard, and where I hit it, it could have killed me. So I had to find the positives and just get back into fight camp.”
Cummings has fought as high as 205, and will have a 6″ height advantage and 5″ reach advantage vs. the Brazilian.
“I’ve had my mishaps, too. I’ve missed weight once. I hit my head. But the funny thing is … Are they just so mad at him that they were like, ‘Hey not only are we going to make him fight at welterweight, we’re going to make him fight one of the biggest welterweights out there’?”
Cummings has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while Prazeres is a 4th degree. However, the Texan is not afraid.
“I just don’t see him being able to present that threat at all with me. Maybe he can with some smaller welterweights, but it’s a big jump from lightweight to welterweight.”