How many fighters do you know that don’t have to cut weight. Frankie Edgar at 155, Benson Henderson at 170 are the only ones that spring to mind. Add a new one to the list in Eddie Gordon thanks to his weight manager Lou Giordano, or Loutrition.
Giordano has come up with a new system to where fighters don’t cut weight, but rather they manage it for an entire career. Despite his most famed client not being with the UFC anymore, Lou Giordano is still making a name for himself in this industry. I had a chance to catch up with him on some issues.
VC: How exactly does your system work?
It tries to ensure that every fighter who steps into the cage and fight is a 100% hydrated and fueled up from day one of training camp until the day of the fight. Apart from dehydrating to cut weight and then trying to refuel and rehydrate to a maximum level, which is not possible
VC: You have five phases to your program, what are they?
Step one, I like to call this stabilizing. When I work with a new client, I have to get a grasp of what they’re doing right now. I take them from where they’re at and slowly shift them and stabilize them. Step two is starting to implement cleaner foods and a better lifestyle for them. Phase 3 comes closer to the fight and training starts to intensify. Then I add more nutrients and foods at different times. Phase 4 is the fight week itself and getting ready for the fight. This also includes the weigh-ins and the day of the fight. Phase 5 is my fighter goes in and wins the fight and starts the process all over again.
VC: You never said weight cut?
My motto is we don’t cut weight, we manage weight. If you look at the word management in any aspect of life, successful people have managers who are good at what they do. Most fighters end up trying to manage their own stuff, and it doesn’t work.
VC: So it’s more of a lifestyle?
Yes exactly. It’s like this, if you have two high performance Ferrari’s and you put the worst possible gasoline in one and the best in the other. On the exterior and interior they’re both Ferrari’s, they’re going to drive and handle like a Ferrari but sooner or later the one that has the bad gasoline is not going to perform as well. That’s what I’m doing with my fighters, trying to transform them into a cleaner lifestyle.
VC: Who are some guys you have worked with besides your famed guy in Eddie Gordon?
I’m very committed to Eddie right now while he’s making the adjustment to 170. I do have some contracts out with some big game fighters that I can’t name. I’ve helped guys like Aljamain Sterling, Jorge Masvidal. I’ve also worked with Brian Kelleher who won the Ring of Combat belt on two weeks’ notice. I just want to get the word out there because people are used to weight cuts and they have hesitation when they hear my philosophy.
VC: Most of the guys you named are from that New York/New Jersey area. Are you looking to broaden your horizons a little in the future for other clients?
I’m based out of New Jersey and Eddie Gordon lives in Long Island. I only saw him face-to-face one time when we trained together for his last fight. Everything else was done by text, phone and email. I don’t need to be with you 24/7, I just need you to send me a picture before you eat your meal so that I know exactly what you’re doing. I need you to tell me exactly how you feel after every meal and training session and I can make those adjustments right from home. I can work with any fighter all over the world without having to actually have to be with them. I do like to be with my fighters on fight week cause there is a lot more that goes into that last week than just getting ready for the fight.
VC: Does the UFC get a New York event in April?
I think it needs to happen and it’s absurd that it hasn’t happened. You have so many good fighters just coming out of the Weidman, Longo, Serra camp alone. I’m not assigned to any camp, but that camp has so many great fighters alone that I can’t understand why we can’t get this done in New York. It will happen, and it needs to be sooner rather than later
VC: Who are some people you would enjoy working with?
The people that will benefit most from my program are the guys/girls that are extremely dedicated to their craft. The reason it works so well with Eddie, he told to handle everything. I want to work with people who want to create change. My philosophy only works if you’re having a hard time with what you’re doing. If you come up to me and say ‘Hey Lou, this is what I do to make weight’ and it works for you, then I have nothing for you. I’ve told people that I won’t work with them because they’re set in their ways already. Anyone who is willing to try and listen, I want to build my name around them. I want good people instead of anyone so I can make money.
VC: Do you have a martial arts background?
Yes. I have a degree in exercise science and I’m a weight management specialist trained directly under one of 600 registered sports dietitians. He’s the dietician for the Jets and I work with him directly under the weight management and nutrition side. I’ve been wrestling since I was 10 along with grappling and Tae Kwon Do for many years. I also personal train and stuff like that as well.
VC: I see you have a different opinion on IV’s to rehydrate. Could you explain that for me?
I’m different. Even though I’m in the fitness industry, I’m not an industry guy. I’ve never kept my ear to the industry streets to see what the hottest new trend was. I realized a long time ago in college, the wheel has already been invented when it comes to health and fitness. Hold on to that and build your own opinion based off of facts. I didn’t even know that fighters were making these extreme weight cuts and then using an IV to rehydrate. Furthermore, I didn’t know these so called ‘fitness experts’ who were hired to help these guys make weight were also using IV. I found that through Eddie, and I thought it was the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard. I’ve done extreme weight cutting in high school, but never used an IV. I knew there was a better way and using an IV to me is very extreme. The best way to describe weight cut is to think of a really bad flu, you’re very dehydrated. I would say it takes at least two days for your body to be back to normal. These fighters are pretty much giving themselves a very short flu and then giving themselves less than 24 hours to go into a cage and fight for your life essentially.
VC: How is Eddie trying to get down to 170 going?
I worked with him after his fight against Chris Dempsey. He cut 20 pounds in 24 hours and then fought 24 hours later. After the fight, he stepped on the scale at 221 lbs. Eddie actually was every bit of 300 lbs. when he started training according to (Ray) Longo. He started as a Heavyweight and when we arrived to Florida for fight week, he was 186 lbs. He could have made 170 that week if we would have ‘cut weight’.
VC: So you’re saying he didn’t cut any weight?
He didn’t have to cut weight the entire camp. He has a scale that can also measure hydration and he was hydrated at all times during camp and fight week. The night before weigh-ins we were at the hotel lobby bar having a full meal. We ate a full breakfast the day of weigh-ins and he had protein shake for lunch. He stepped on the scale with his socks on and was half a pound under 185. Cutting weight, to me, is starving yourself and not drinking any fluids and sweating without replenishing and we didn’t do that at all.
VC: Can Cyborg make 135 in your opinion?
Absolutely, there is no doubt in my mind. Fighters get caught in their own mind. I spoke with a ton of people who are set in their ways. When you carry a lot of lean muscle mass and have very little body fat, you have to reduce lean muscle mass to reduce weight. Because muscle is more dense than fat, you don’t have to reduce a lot of it to reduce weight. In fact, reducing lean muscle mass you don’t have to reduce strength. Strength has no effect on muscle size, that’s a misconception. For Cyborg, with fuel and exercise, we would have to strategically reduce lean muscle mass to have her also feel good while making weight.
VC: Did you happen to catch her weight manager on The MMA Hour a while ago?
I actually only saw what he had to say when he did an interview on Bloody Elbow. He has a lot of good things to say and he is very educated. I don’t know him personally, and I don’t know what his hang up is with her actually. You give me Cyborg, she makes 135.
*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results
The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.
An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.
The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.
UFC Winnipeg Official Results:
MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT
- #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
- #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
- Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
- #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45 round 1
PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT
- #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
- Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
- Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
- John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
- Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2
EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT
- Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.
It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.
Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.
In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.
In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.
UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.
Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.
First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.
Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.
Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.
In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.
UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira.
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