Watch Cris Cyborg argue with nutritionist about taking birth control pill to ease brutal weight cut
Just yesterday, Cris Cyborg stated that she was currently tipping the scales at 165 pounds, 24 pounds over the legal limit to compete this weekend (Sat., Sept., 24, 2016) at a Catchweight of 140 pounds, which she is pegged to do in UFC Fight Night 95’s main event against Lina Lansberg in Brasilia, Brazil (full fight card details here).
As Cyborg explained, she’s heavier than before because her nutritionist and all-around weight-cutting expert, George Lockhart, advised her to take birth control pills in an an attempt to shed the pounds easier. As he explained to MMA Junkie, birth control pills serve as a natural diuretic that helps the body to shed weight while water and sodium intake is limited.
However, one expert claims it does the complete opposite.
But as evidenced by the video embedded above she posted on her website, Cyborg was none-too pleased with the decision, arguing with Lockhart about the new methods (discussion begins at the 6:45 mark). Nevertheless, Cris caved and proclaimed her faith in Lockhart’s expertise. But, with just three more days until the official weigh-ins take place, Cyborg has a tough cut to make if she wants to hit the mark and not give up a percentage of her fight purse to “Elbow Princess.”
But, at the end of the day, the real issue is Cris’s health, as weight cutting has been under the microscope over the past few years thanks to multiple scale fails and even a death due to issues related to trying to make weight for a bout. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the coming days in the lead up to UFC Fight Night 95’s weigh-ins. Because as we’ve seen in the past, cutting down to 140 pounds is a brutal process for the Invicta FC Featherweight champion.