Alan Jouban Cuts Weight Before UFC Vegas; Talks Flipping The Switch + Focusing His Aggression

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MMA H.E.A.T.’s Karyn Bryant caught up with UFC Welterweight Alan Jouban and heard what he had to say about his upcoming fight with Belal Muhammad, set for UFC Vegas on July 7th during International Fight Week. The MMA H.E.A.T. Podcast partner talks about flipping the switch into fight mode, focusing his aggression and dialing into HIS fight (not his opponent’s), cutting weight in light of the new early weigh-in option and more.

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47 Comments on "Alan Jouban Cuts Weight Before UFC Vegas; Talks Flipping The Switch + Focusing His Aggression"

  1. Having more energy one can expend is not a bad thing even though it may sound like one.. wait a minute. lol Sticking close to one's fighting weight is the most healthy thing a fighter can do along with working out year round.

  2. Karen, you know I am a big fan, but I believe you are supporting the "party line" on weigh-ins. I don’t believe that you think the current weigh-in system supports true weight classes.

    The weight classes are truly non-existent. Fighters should have to make weight upon entering the octagon. Today, a fighter can "make weight" but enter the octagon 20 or 30 pounds heavier at fight time? Ridiculous and unfair. Having hydration testing AND weigh-ins at fight time is the best way to protect fighter's health and make the sport truly respectable and with real competition amongst fighters of the same weight.

    Now they are allowing fighters to weigh-in even earlier on the day before the fight. Ridiculous. Weight classes do NOT exist.

    • people do that anyway. this is the safest way possible. people will cut weight and dehydrate no matter what and the safest thing one can do is give there brains the 72 hours needed to rehydrate after a cut. or as close as possible. weighing in right before the fight is impossible. it would make things very wierd cause if a fighter missed weight (which would happen a lot under this system) what would you do? plus now the fighters can't even hydrate or eat fully before they get into the cage for fears of not makeing weight. the best option by far is letting them cut but giving them more time to hydrate there brain. this didn't lead to harder weight cuts, nothing changes.

    • Isaiah, great thoughts and I know this is not easy. But I want to avoid the hazards of weight cutting that you so clearly point out.

      Your points and concerns show that the system is broken. Severe dehydration should never be allowed. It is insane.

      That is why my plan would be much better for fighters. If fighters were tested for hydration minutes before the fight, they couldn't be draining their bodies to make weight. This would force them to be in their appropriate higher weight classes AND be hydrated at fight time.

      But weighing in right before the fight is definitely possible and would make things truly fair. Right now, there are no weight classes technically as fighters enter the octagon sometimes weighing 20 to 30 pounds different. This ruins the legitimacy of the sport.

      We need to force the sport to be more professional with regard to this.

      But Isaiah, great to be having this discussion with you.

    • +Chris Whalen, CPA again you deal with issues of opponents missing weight the day of the fight and what that means. That system has been tried and it hasn't been any better for the fighters. Sometimes fighters still cut weight as well. But nice talk. I think this system is the best possible decision by the ufc and much better then a 24 hour weigh in. I would have then do it 72 hours before the fights but that's just me.

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