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Lou Giordano: ‘I Can Get Cyborg To 135’

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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.

You can follow Lou on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Exclusive: Derek Brunson: “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up”

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Derek Brunson fought Anderson Silva back in February of this year, at UFC 208. Brunson would go on to lose the fight by controversial unanimous decision. However, the controversies didn’t stop at the questionable decision, Brunson also claims Silva was greasing during the fight. The Wilmington, North Carolina native, posted about it on Twitter a few days ago:

Speaking with MMA Latest, Brunson explained why he believes Silva was greasing during the fight. “Anderson was definitely a little lubed up. Every time I grabbed him he was just slipping out of everything, and his takedown defense was really good that night. I was definitely curious to know why he was very slippery, which I definitely think he had some kind of substance on his body. He knows I’m a wrestler obviously, he’s an old, savvy veteran, so he was definitely trying to play all the rules and be very strategic, and make it harder for a wrestler to grab him.”

Brunson is set to face Lyoto Machida come October 28, when asked about whether he was worried about Machida greasing, considering Gegard Mousasi accused him of doing so in their fight, Brunson admitted he wasn’t too worried.

Well I’m not too worried, but like I said, I put it out there because I know they’re friends and I know, obviously, that’s kind of what the guys do when they know they’re fighting a wrestler. They want to lube their body up really good to make it hard to grab hold, Anderson did a great job defending my takedowns. It’s because he was all greased up so he was able to stop a lot of them. When I grab guys in the clinch, it’s very tough for them to get away and I’m pretty good with my Greco takedown. He was pretty much pulling through my clinch when I had a tight grip on him and if you have some kind of substance on your body it’s easy to pull them.”

Neither Silva nor his management have commented on the greasing allegations. Anderson Silva makes his return against Kelvin Gastelum later this year, in China. While Brunson makes his return to the Octagon on October 28th, in Brazil, where he looks to add Lyoto Machida’s name to his impressive list of victories.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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