Believe me dude... I take a strong interest in the UFC and am aware of weight cutting... if he’s saying that he’s cutting that much weight then he’s bullshitting.
Cutting that much weight doesn’t even make sense logically..
It’s accepted that the sweet spot for cutting weight is about 5-7% body fat.
once you start cutting more than that you start hindering your performance... and it’s a steep drop off. They say every one percent over that 7% is like a 10% drop in performance.
so you need to weigh up whether or not the size advantage you get at that weight is worth the drop in performance.
what your talking about with Rob is a 15-20% drop in body fat.... that’s INSANE.
and for what?? He’s not even a big Middleweight. Adesanya is bigger than him... and he barely cuts to get to MW.
Infact he often comes in well under the MW limit.
the only person who cuts that much weight at MW is Paulo Costa.
if Rob was seriously cutting that much weight there would need to be some serious questions asked of his team.
no f**king way would he be allowed to cut that much weight if he was at CKB.
I know Joe Lopez and Eugene have Volk at 10-15lbs at all times.
I honestly think Rob was pulling their leg or was over exaggerating. it doesn’t even make sense.
Conor I get... when he cuts down to FW/LW he’s a huge FW/LW.
Rob’s not even a big MW.
You are right in that Whittaker isn't a big MW but his proposed walk around weight isn't that much of a stretch. There is a difference between walk around weight when not actively preparing for a fight and the weight from which he would cut at in the weeks leading up to the fight.
I don't think it is unfeasible that Rob would drop a good 5-10lbs between when a contract is signed for a fight and when he enters training camp proper.
Khabib for example is known to have a "walk around" weight of 175-180lbs which is 25-30lbs above LW limit but he certainly wouldn't be cutting from that point during training camp.