Julija Storialenko Explains What Went Wrong During Weight-Cut at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland

Published 03/20/2021, 1:59 PM EDT


UFC bantamweight Julija Storialenko fainted on the scales during the weigh-ins of UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs Holland. Storialenko was set to fight No. 15 ranked Julia Avila in the preliminary card of the Fight Night event. The scenes of Storialenko’s fall were scary, to an extent.

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The fighter later took to Instagram live and spoke about her weight cut failure. According to the Lithuanian, she made weight at 5 in the morning, 4 hours prior to her scheduled time at 9. As she had to make the bantamweight limit of 136lbs again in due time, she couldn’t consume food even after making the needed weight.

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Weight-cutting is a gruesome process, and fighters generally load up on fluids and foods as soon as they make the scale. But Storialenko had to deprive herself for four more hours as she made the needed weight just before the due time. It came back to haunt her. She was compromised and couldn’t refill herself with the needed nutrients.

The 27-year-old ultimately paid the price for her mistake, as her bout had to be called off. She and Avila both were left without an opponent. Whether the bout will be rescheduled on a later date or if the UFC will cancel the fight altogether is still not clear.

Also, the decision to let her go up to the scale again after her brutal fall the first time around is very questionable. The fighter was in no state to carry on, and Storialenko had been carried to the hospital.

Should the UFC rebook Julia Avila vs Julija Storialenko?

Stylistically, the fight between ‘Raging Panda’ and Storialenko was promising to be an exciting clash. Also, a win would have catapulted Storialenko to the top 15 of the division. As she mentioned in her recent Instagram video, her issue was not of cutting too much weight. Rather, it was that he made the weight earlier than she should have.

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So, if Storiallenko is physically deemed fit, the UFC should look to rebook the fight and let the fighters go at it. Of course, both will look to have the fight after going through training camps for each other.

What did you make of Julija Storilenko’s revelation? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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