Extreme UFC weight-cutting video appalls ABC executive

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Darren Until (Getty Pictures)

UFC fighter Darren Until filmed his efforts to chop weight forward of his current struggle towards Stephen Thompson, and the acute measures he went to has the top of the Affiliation of Boxing Commissions fearful for the security of fighters.

Until (17-zero-1 MMA, 5-zero-1 UFC) is proven operating on a treadmill, understanding on the mats, laying beneath blankets and sitting inside a sauna for a size of time — all whereas sporting a number of layers of clothes and a plastic sweatsuit. At one level, Until claims to lose his imaginative and prescient.

“I used to be appalled seeing seven individuals sit there and push this child to the purpose the place he misplaced his imaginative and prescient,” Mike Mazzulli, additionally the director of the Mohegan Tribe Division of Athletic Regulation, informed MMAjunkie after watching the video. “They assume it’s OK to do what they did to that child? They’re going to get him killed. Proper now, I’m so upset at this entire business.”

Until was making an attempt to chop eleven kilos to get to one hundred seventy kilos earlier than his battle finally weekend’s UFC Battle Night time one hundred thirty, however weighed in at 174.5 regardless of his efforts.

“You’re going to be sitting there with a girlfriend, with mother and father, who misplaced their child to one thing so silly, for no obvious purpose,” Mazzulli stated. “What’s going to occur is you’re going to have a mom and a father dropping their youngster over weight-cutting to struggle – not in a battle.”

Until was docked 30 % of his purse after lacking weight and went on to defeat Thompson by unanimous determination.

After the struggle, Until provided Thompson a rematch in hopes of proving his additional kilos weren’t a deciding issue within the bout.