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The Art of Making Weight Pt. 6 – Travelling to the Fight

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Travelling and Organising Fight Week

In part 6 of our making weight series, we now look at the final week preparations and that all important journey to your fight destination.

It is common practice that fight federations will provide accommodation from 3 days before the weigh in. As a fighter, you need to evaluate this. If the time difference and jet lag affect you then we would advise looking to extend your stay and maybe arrive 6-7 days before the weigh-ins. This then gives you a chance to climatise to your surroundings and feel comfortable. It also leaves room for any last minute problems should they arise. Don’t forget stress releases cortisol hormones that can make you hold onto water!

In our experience of travelling to different parts of the world for fights its always good to get an idea of the area you are staying in before you leave.

Finding out what amenities you have around to ensure that you can follow your regime so there are no mishaps with weight! It also helps if you know what type of hotel you are staying in, for example if it’s just a basic room or a small apartment with cooking facilities. Most of the time you will be staying in a room with no cooking facilities, so you will therefore, have to take some cooking gadgets with you.

We always find a lean grilling machine and small food steamer will usually do the job! (just make sure you have the right plug adaptor!)


When travelling abroad, one of the most common complaints is that you gain weight by the time you arrive at your destination, especially on long haul flights. This is only water retention and rectified simply. We find that drinking 500ml of water per hour of the flight works well and stops your body ‘holding water’. So if you have an 11hr flight you drink 5.5 litres of water. You can also take Vitamin C, usually 1000mg every 2-3 hours will help flush extra fluid out.

It is very important that you take your own food on the journey. Just check with the airline that this is ok. Stick to your eating plan that you are currently following, although it can be easier to substitute a couple of meals with a balanced protein supplement.

Following these guidelines will help your weight stay exactly where it was when you boarded the plane upon arrival.

The first thing you need to do after checking in at your accommodation is go Shop for vital supplies! Depending on how your weight is at this point, will determine how your diet will look for fight week and leading up to weigh in. This is something we will be looking into in our next part of the making weight series…

Thank you for reading and we hope that our experiences can help you become a better fighter.

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Part 1 – Introducing Physiques Training

Part 2 – Planning A Fighter diet

Part 3 – The Diet Plan

Part 4 – Supplements and Pre/Post Training Nutrition

Part 5 – The Last Week Before Weigh-Ins

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Dana White gives an update on the lightweight title picture



When it comes to the lightweight division there is always a lot of talk with very little clarification. But now it seems Dana White has had enough of waiting for champion Conor McGregor and plans to move on in his absence.

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight title back in November 2016 at UFC 205 where he became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, however, he has not competed in MMA since.

Speaking on Sunday night’s after UFC Fight Night St. Louis UFC President Dana White said “Conor has said he is thinking about coming back in September if he comes back in September that’s almost two years, that can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything he’s done for this company, everybody knows that I say it all the time. The belt would have to move on.”

White also spoke about the two men that would fight for the lightweight belt saying “You do Khabib versus Tony, we’re working on that fight now and if and when Conor comes back he would get the first crack at the title.”

Then when presenter Karyn Bryant pushed for clarification and asked: “So you’re saying that Conor could possibly be stripped of his title?” Dana responded without hesitation “absolutely”.

The news will excite UFC fans across the globe who have been clamoring for the Ferguson vs Khabib matchup which they have been denied on three separate occasions. No date was confirmed for the potential matchup but rumors have been circulating that the UFC is targeting UFC 223 in April.

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Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win at UFC 219



On Saturday night the world watched as Khabib Nurmagomedov dismantled the striking expert Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The reactions were filled with praise for the undefeated Russian fighter. Media members and fans alike were calling Nurmagomedov one of the best lightweights in the world, but there is one man the world was waiting to hear from, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was silent following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Barboza, that is until Monday morning when he took to Twitter to state his opinion about the Number one contender.

“Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me,” McGregor wrote on Twitter.  “Otherwise, I don’t give a bollox.  My whiskey is out this year and that’s Diddy bread.” The whiskey that McGregor is referring to is his very own grand that he announced would be coming out following his loss to Floyd Mayweather this past August.

Rumors about McGregor’s return have ranged from him retiring from fighting to live a life of wealth with his family, to expect his return to the UFC this summer. No one really knows if McGregor will ever defend his UFC lightweight belt, but if he is to do so UFC President Dana White has said that it will be against interim champion Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson was also seeking a fight with Nurmagomedov prior to winning the interim belt against Kevin Lee. It is entirely possible that we will see these two battle for the interim title in the octagon before we see the return of Conor McGregor. Of course, these days there are no guarantees in regards to title contention, McGregor and his camp have publically stated that they would like to face Nurmagomedov in his home country of Russia. 


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Conor McGregor has ‘Every intention of fighting in 2018’



Despite being inactive since his historic boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, Conor McGregor is never far from the headlines. Recently his out of cage antics have got people questioning if he’ll ever be back.

Thankfully the UFC lightweight champion appears to have cleared up any rumors about his fighting career.

Speaking to his sponsor Betsafe, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor said “My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game or whatever the next business endeavor might be”.

McGregor added, “I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”

This comes just two weeks after UFC President Dana White told reporters “Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got $100 (expletive) million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.”

White went on to say “Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people.”

White also told reporters that the “Notorious one”, “can’t be paid enough money” and that he is “worth every penny and more.” McGregor’s recent statement suggests he knows that and won’t be back till his demands are met.

The UFC lightweight division has been stalled in the absence of the champion McGregor and now the interim champion Tony Ferguson has undergone surgery. The UFC has been known the remove belts from fighters who have been delayed for extended amounts of time, this would be highly unlikely with the popularity of McGregor.

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