Mike Rhodes Discusses the Difficulties of Cutting Weight and Short-Notice Fights in the UFC
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.25.2014
He competes at UFC Fight Night 43…
UFC fighters Mike Rhodes recently talked about his upcoming fight with Robert Whittaker for UFC Fight Night 43 and recounted his incredibly tough weight cut for his UFC on Fox 10 fight. Below are some highlights.
Rhodes on the weight cut for his short-notice fight against George Sullivan at UFC on Fox 10: "I cut 36 pounds in 11 days. It was very mentally draining. I had to pretend to everyone that I was OK. I was trying to tell myself that I was OK by telling other people that. I was trying to make myself believe it, but it's something I hope I never have to do again, but you can't say no to the UFC."
Rhodes on his fight with the scale: "You have to do certain things to get where you want to get in life, and that was something I had to do. It tested my mental capacity – my mental toughness – and I overcame it. My fight that night was with the scale, and when I made weight, that kind of hit me on fight night. I was excited, but my body didn't react well to cutting that much weight. On fight night I looked like how I felt, which was horrible. I just hope I never have to cut that much weight again ever."
Rhodes on his losses being short-notice fights: "I don't like to make excuses or anything like that, but my two losses are short-notice fights. I took a fight against Brandon Thatch, who is on a tear in the UFC, on eight days' notice, and I cut 23 pounds for that. I had to fly to his home state of … Colorado and had to fight at elevation while cutting that much weight. It seems like short-notice fights with big weight cuts aren't good to me. I could be one of those guys with a padded record, but those are the fights that have done the most for me even in the loss."
Rhodes on what fans should expect at UFC Fight Night 43: "Fans should expect a very aggressive fighter. My style is usually to let my opponent fall on his own sword, but they can expect my movement to be very aggressive. I don't get tired in fights. Cardio is a big part of my fight game and my strategy. Expect me to apply pressure and be very dynamic, powerful and technical with my striking. I can get in there and get dirty as well, so expect a complete fighter from every aspect of MMA. I'm going to put it together, and I'm going to put on a show."
Rhodes on traveling to New Zealand for the fight: "Everything's a new test, every obstacle is something that you've got to try to overcome. I try to explain that to people that the fight is the fun part. All this stuff we have to go through to that point is actually the most difficult part. Cutting weight while having to travel so far, flying and trying to get my body used to the time. It's just a part of the game. I'm going over there with all these things I have to conquer and also him as an opponent. It would be a huge feat for me in what I'm calling my actual first fight in the UFC where I've got time to prepare. I've never lost a fight in my fight career where I've got to prepare for an opponent. So I'm going to make sure I keep that streak alive."