Making Weight: A First Hand Account of a Journalist Cutting Weight With a Pro
By: Elias Cepeda, FOX Sports
"Let's start with the salt, because that's the first thing I failed with. I'd originally intended to shadow UFC lightweight star Joe Lauzon on the last day or two of his weight cut for his UFC 183 pay per view fight against Al Iaquinta, and try to do what he did - meaning not eat or drink much for twenty four to forty eight hours, while sweating out water weight in the sauna, tub and mats.
"Joe liked the idea and offered me full access in Las Vegas, but also recommend that I up the ante, a bit. 'You should try to do the whole thing,' he told me over the phone this past fall.
"'You should see what everything is like. Sweating out the last two days is just the end of the process. Do the whole diet and water plan as well. I'll give you my whole plan, it's actually not that complicated. Just try to do the whole thing, and if at any point you don't feel good, just stop.'
"If I were to follow the diet of any fighter on the UFC roster, Joe's was probably the easiest to mimic. Case in point, two weeks before UFC 183, I sat in a sub shop in Suburban Boston with Joe and one of his Lauzon MMA students, discussing his weight cutting plan over rib tips, fries and Greek salad (well, Joe had the salad, I had fries and onion rings to go with my ribs)."
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