Johny Hendricks' Nutrition Expert Explains How Hendricks Missed Weight
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.14.2014
It was the scale...
It turns out Dana White was right; a bad scale was the problem for Johny Hendricks missing weight in his first attempt at the UFC 171 weigh-ins today. Hendricks' nutrition expert Mike Dolce spoke with MMAjunkie about the miss and more. Check out the highlights:
On the scale they used earlier in the day: "We had gone to a local gym to do some weight cutting in the hot tub during fight week. It was actually last night. Unfortunately, while we were in the hot tub, and the scale was unattended, attendees of the gym were hopping on and off of it. We think the scale might have been damaged because the weight started reading inconsistently."
On when they knew the scale was off: "At one point, he was 171.8 (pounds) before he went into the bathtub, and we did a 20-minute in the bathtub, where we'll lose [sixth-tenths of a pound] to a pound in that time. I'm sitting with him, and he's sweating profusely. We go back and we step on, and it says he gained [two-tenths of an ounce] in that session. That was when he said, ‘F–k. This scale is off.' That was probably going to be our last one or two sessions of the day."
On missing weight at the weigh-in: "So we knew Johny was going to be close. I felt that he would have and could have been on. In looking at the scale, it was 170.5. The commissioner said 171.5. I don't know how correct that was; maybe my angle was bad or theirs was. But there's no doubt that Johny was going to make weight."
On his prep before the weigh-ins: "He was able to break a sweat pretty quickly, and we knew he would lose that weight. It was easy. If he had to make 165 (pounds), he would have made 165. It was just about making the contracted weight and not going into deficit by overcutting because of anxiety. He was shaking because he was at very low levels of body fat, (with) very low levels of water running through his system, and it was freezing cold in the venue. That's why. You've got to think, a man standing naked in front of 3,000 people, there's nerves, there's anxiety, and he just got done cutting weight. He had the lowest amount of body fat that he had in a year. You get a little chilly sometimes."
On the plan to make sure Hendricks is ready after his cut: "We'll just keep him going through the night. Just like it's a hard sparring day. That's the way we treat this."