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|9/30/13 3:55 PM|
Member Since: 12/3/08
Nova Uniao flyweight fighter Leandro "Feijao" Souza passed away from a stroke 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. A report has come out over the weekend that Souza used the diuretic Lasix to help him cut weight. He had two pounds to go to make weight.
At a UFC World Tour stop in Rio de Janeiro on Monday former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and UFC president Dana White discussed the issue of dangerous weight cutting.
“I have proper nutrition. I have a lot of time to make weight,” said Silva. “When I get to the fight, I always get there four or five kilos above (nine to 11 pounds), at the most, and I can lose that weight very easily. I don’t wait to lose weight on the last minute.”
“I think the biggest problem is for athletes to accept fights at the last minute and wait to cut weight in the last minute. No one can do that. There is no way you can recover your weight from one day to the next.”
White reiterated the particular danger of cutting quickly.
“Where you see the dangerous situations are the guys that take last-minute fights and have to lose a ton of weight. It’s never good,” said White. “In the UFC, these guys have plenty of time. They know when they have to fight. They know the time they have. They diet and do the proper nutrition to get down the right way. When they get closer, they cut a few pounds. That’s the healthy, normal way to do it.
“I don’t think that the cutting weight process is ever going to be perfect, but I said it today in an interview I did with a gentleman earlier, I don’t care what level you fight on, no fight is worth dying over.
“If you can’t make the weight, don’t take the fight.”
Cutting weight hard had been a staple of collegiate and high school wrestling programs for generations. Then, late in 1997, three wrestlers died in a month. SI had the story:
In response to the three deaths, the NCAA took a number of steps to make wrestling safer, including:
Following the NCAA's lead, high schools too instituted a variety of precautions.
Earlier this year, attorney Erik Magraken in his CanadianMMALawBlog.com argued that Mixed Martial Arts should not wait for three deaths in 33 days due to weight cutting.
The long-feared death has now come. It is incumbent on Brazil's regulatory body, the Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), to step in and make appropriate changes, so that another death from cutting is not inevitable.
|9/30/13 4:16 PM|
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