Rafael Alves explains record weigh-ins miss

There are a large number of remarkable, even astonishing UFC records. Jon Jones has won 14 title fights without a loss. Cowboy Cerrone and Jim Miller have fought 33 times in the Octagon. Frankie Edgar has spent nearly a full workday (7:40:51) in the Octagon; imagine going to work from 9 to 5, and having to fight the baddest men on the planet, no lunch break.

Para, Brazil  based Rafael Alves set a less luminous record at the UFC Vegas 19 weigh-ins when he was 11.5 pounds over the contracted 146 featherweight non-title limit. The featherweight missed lightweight. And he did it in his very first fight. If you want to know what’s going on in MMA in the birthplace of the sport, follow Guilherme Cruz. *The Turn” spoke with Cruz, and offered an explanation about WTF happened.

“I ate salmon yesterday and fell ill, vomit and diarrhea, so the doctor said I had to treat it with water,” he texted. “I only had [4.4 pounds] left to cut, [but] when I drank water my weight went up and got stuck, so the doctor didn’t clear me to fight. But God owns everything and He knows what He does.”

Alves told Cruz his walking around weight is 195 pounds. And he said he’s done with featherweight.

“[UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby said that health is what matters now,” said Alves. “He told me this has happened to champions before, and told me to fight at 155 and come back stronger. They won’t cut me because they had to change opponents and they were searching for a new one, some said they would fight at 155 and others at 145, so I didn’t focus on the guy I was fighting nor my weight. But I’m going to fight at 155 now. I’m focused and nothing will stop me.

“I know a lot of people are criticizing me, but I don’t care. Jesus was God’s son and he was criticized despite all his power, so imagine me, a flawed man on Earth? But thank God the UFC hasn’t said they will cut me, so I’ll be back soon. They said I’m a showman that will give the UFC a lot of profit.”

It’s effortless to malign Alves over the epic fail, but in the final analysis, the entire weight-cutting system in MMA is unhinged. In what other sport do you have to wreck yourself to the point where it’s regularly a struggle to walk, just a day before engaging in one of the most challenging physical pursuits on the planet? Add in concussion, and the increased danger of same due to dehydration, and the culture of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts is worse than nuts. 

So Alves, yah, he flailed epically, but I have met the enemy, and he is us.

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