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The physical stress that fighters endure during weight cuts can inflict more long-lasting damage than anything they do inside the cage. MMA’s most recent death was reportedly due to weight-cut-related complications, and just last month Brian Melancon retired because of worsening kidney problems.
MMA’s latest weight-cutting cautionary tale comes to us courtesy of flyweight Ulysses Gomez, who collapsed while cutting weight for his Cage Warriors 62 headlining fight against Neil Seery and was hospitalized. Even though Gomez wanted to move forward with Saturday’s fight anyway, Cage Warriors made the only sane decision and scrapped it. If you’ll recall, Gomez vs. Seery was one of the non-UFC fights we were most looking forward to this weekend, so this sucks on multiple levels.
Once considered one of the greatest 125-pounders in the world, Gomez couldn’t find success on the sport’s largest stage, going 0-2 in the UFC. He was released by the promotion February, and was subsequently denied the chance to try out for TUF 18. The Cage Warriors 62 main event was supposed to be Gomez’s return to competition. Unfortunately, his layoff will continue until he gets his next fight booked.