What happened to Sean Woodson when he cut 24 pounds in 4 days

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

When a fighter is asked about their most recent performance, you’re likely to hear the old cliche, "I left it all in the cage." It makes sense - in hand-to-hand combat, why would someone intentionally hold back?

Well, Sean Woodson in his Contender Series fight, did just that - although he had a pretty good reason.

“So in those grappling exchanges in the first round, when he got me down and got my back, I could have used a lot more energy and put a lot more effort into trying to get back to my feet,” Woodson explained to The Top Turtle MMA Podcast. “I was worried about my gas tank - my cardio. I didn’t want to put everything into getting back to my feet and when I got there to be gassed out.”

His worries were well-founded. The culprit? A 24-pound weight cut that he had to complete in just 4 days due to taking the fight on short notice.

“It was the hardest thing that I’d ever done in my life. I don’t ever want to do that again,” he said. “Making that drastic of a cut on such short notice, I knew that my cardio took a big hit from that.”

So the choice to take a break during the grappling portion of the fight seemed like a necessity to Woodson. It was also a conscious decision being that he felt that, as long as he still had the energy, he could finish the fight standing.

“I can box all day long no matter how tired I am, but the grappling is what really sapped me,” he said. “I just knew with the standup portion, I was going to give it all I had to finish that fight.”

Woodson did just that with a flying knee that caught the favor of cageside brass and got him a contract.

With that whole episode behind him, he looks to this Friday’s showdown with Kyle Bochniak as a chance to show off the type of fighter he actually is.

“[Expect] a full skill set - me letting it all out there,” he said. “Not worrying about my cardio, not worrying about gassing out or anything.”

That includes the grappling realm; he’s been working with UFC-veteran James Krause on his wrestling in preparation for an opponent with plenty of grappling chops. However, just because he’s sharpened up his grappling, doesn’t mean you should expect him to lean on it.

“I’ve been working on my standup, s*** since I could stand up,” he said.

He’ll try to show off that standup on the prelim portion of this Friday’s UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston, which kicks off at 6 p.m.

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Author Daniel Vreeland is a co-founder of the Top Turtle Podcast, and a brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu at New England Submission Fighting in Amherst, Massachusetts.