How Brad Riddell made it look easy making weight in a new weight class and why he’ll continue to do so.
For his debut on UFC 243, Brad Riddell officially weighed in at 156 lbs (70.7kg) for his Fight of the Night Performance against Aussie, Jamie Mullarkey. Prior to this fight, the lightest Brad had fought was at 74kg. Despite being lighter, this was the easiest cut he has done to date. Let’s have a look at why that was.
As always, this information is for the purpose of explaining principles and if you are interested in seeing how you could apply these to your own weight management, consult an adequately trained Combat Sports Dietitian.
When determining what is an appropriate weight class for someone to fight at there are two major considerations. What is their body composition, and what extent will they need to dehydrate in the final stages to make weight.
During a fight camp, you want to reduce as much body fat as possible while maintaining hormonal health. As discussed in previous articles, this usually requires bringing down the athlete’s body fat percentage to 5-6% (for males), however, this is highly dependent on the individual. For Brad, this was a major Nutritional Intervention we utilized in order to bring him in to fight week as light as possible. Through our assessments, it was determined that we could bring him to within 8% of his contracted weight if we achieved this body fat percentage. We achieved this by the beginning of UFC 243 Fight Week.