The effects of extreme weight cutting is a subject that many MMA fans are plenty familiar with.
For years, we have watched emaciated fighters step on the scales to barely come in under a weight class’ limit in order to try and get a size advantage on fight day.
We’ve seen fighters trembling as they make their way to the scale. We’ve seen them supported by their coaches just to be able to get to that scale. We’ve even seen a fighter collapse at weigh-ins.
All of the times that fans and media have watched the effects of tough weight cuts have led many to call for changes to the practice.
Despite the calls for weight-cutting restrictions or changes to weight classes, fighters continue on with this unfortunate practice.
If there was anything that could potentially change the minds of anybody who doesn’t currently believe change is necessary, a story from UFC lightweight Alexander Hernandez might be just what they need to hear.
Hernandez’s last fight saw him move down to featherweight after spending the entirety of his UFC career at lightweight.
That fight saw him lose by TKO to Billy Quarantillo in the 2nd round. However, that result may not have been the worst part of his move down to 145 pounds.
Yesterday, Hernandez revealed that he was having some trouble that no guy wants to deal with as a result of his weight cut.
Alexander Hernandez says his dick didn't work during the drop to featherweight for his last camp #UFCVegas69 pic.twitter.com/btuE6dNhBc
— MMA mania (@mmamania) February 15, 2023
It should come as no surprise that Hernandez has moved right back to lightweight for his fight on Saturday.
He’ll take on the man with the most wins in UFC history, Jim Miller, in his return to lightweight as he attempts to end a 2-fight losing streak.
Regardless of the outcome of the fight, at least he won’t be dealing with any unfortunate effects from his weight cut heading into this matchup.