Alex Pereira is a 6’4 monster who should be struggling to meet the 185lb bracket. Weight cutting as a part of MMA is absolutely the wildest aspect even to fighters like Terrance McKinney who are in weight classes that demand heavy cuts while in and out of camp. Today T-Wrecks shared an incredible statistic that shows just how drastic this can get.
Pereira has been fast-tracked in the middleweight division to make a bout between him and his kickboxing rival, Israel Adesanya possible. At UFC 276, Alex was given the chance to do just that as he was squared off against #4 ranked Sean Strickland. While the fight was over in the blink of an eye it’s the training that went on behind the scenes to even make the stipulated weight that marveled the young lightweight.
While Pereira walks at a natural weight of above 200lbs, he has to make the stipulated 185 lbs come hell or high water by the Friday afternoon before the event. He managed to do just that but it was the amount of weight he regained during the short window between the weigh-ins and fight night that remains the subject of amazement. These stats are rarely ever put out by the UFC but in this case, it was Alex himself who shared these images.
Terrance McKinney in amazement of Alex Pereira’s UFC 276 Weight Gain
Weighing in at 83.4kgs (184 lbs) on weigh-in day, Alex would bloat up to massive 99.3 kgs (219 lbs) at fight night. While a majority of it is simply water weight that the athlete loses during the final few days of the weight cut, it can go to show how big of a difference then can be on fight night. While no one doubts the power in Pereira’s hands alone, it would be foolish to suggest that the added weight of over 35 lbs doesn’t help in a significant way.
As we said earlier the UFC rarely ever releases these statistics and the only time we get them is when events are being held under the California Athletic Commission. The last time the UFC made a trip to Cali was for UFC 271. The biggest weight gains that night were 23.5 lbs, 21.8 lbs, and 19.2 lbs, for Cody Stamann, Saimon Oliveira and Deiveson Figueiredo respectively.
On the night of UFC 276 itself, Jalin Turner revealed he walked in at 182 lbs, a far cry from the lightweight limit of 155lbs. Another Lightweight, Justin Gaethje recently posted his weight gain shortly after the UFC 274 weigh-ins where he revealed he had crossed 168lbs just a few hours after he had been on the scale