Marshman pulled from UFN 127 over weight cutting concerns

Thursday, March 15, 2018

UFC middleweights Jack Marshman and Bradley Scott both planned to cut down to welterweight for UFC Fight Night 127 in London. Given the growing understanding around the dangers of weight cutting, the move seems ill-advised. Marshman had never fought at 171, while Scott hadn’t since 2012.

Now Marshman has been pulled from the card over medical concerns that arose during his final cut.

“As with all athletes, the weight cut is always something that can go wrong, no matter how experienced you are in this game,” said Marshman’s manager, Graham Boylan, to Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie. “Hopefully we can get this fight rescheduled ASAP. He is not the first and won’t be the last – these things happen. All we can do is move on and learn from it. Jack would like to send his apologies to Brad and fans.”

What we should learn from it is that cutting weight so hard doctors have to intervene just a day before the most ferocious human activity imaginable is something we need to avoid. It is killing fighters. And the ones that don’t die are being needlessly damaged.

UFC Fight Night 127 in London will proceed with 11 bouts. The event airs in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.