“You Feel Like You’re Dying” – Sean O’Malley on His Difficulties With Weight Cuts

Published 12/21/2021, 6:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Marlon Vera of Ecuador in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Sean O’Malley recently broke into the top 15 of the UFC bantamweight rankings. He did that with an impressive and dominant performance against a game Raulian Paiva at UFC 269.

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In a recent interview, ‘Suga’ talked about the process of cutting weight. He also shed light on the difficulties that fighters go through.

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He said, “I hired a guy named Dan Garner, and he helps me just dial it in. We’re measuring out every single meal. About six weeks, and I cut carbs out about, this time it was like 8-9 days out before weigh-ins. Cutting carbs and still training, it’s f**ked. It sucks, you just have an energy dump. Your muscles aren’t fueling. Cutting carbs is tough, so I do that around 154 pounds-ish.”

“Then I cut carbs in the fight week. I was walking around 149 fight week. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are very important days for waterlogging. Just drinking 6.7 liters of water, which is almost 2 gallons of water. That helps get the weight off, and then Thursday cutting salt and cutting water. So, I’m just f**king pissing.”

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“So, Thursday night, I cut five pounds in the hot tub sweating, just dying. You’re laying there, f**king feeling you are dying. I flowed in one pound overnight, and then I cut 1.8 pounds Friday morning… It’s such a weird experience that everyone should do because you feel like you’re dying. You can feel your heart and it kinda hurts, it’s pounding.” 

After hearing about his experience with the weight cut, fans can truly appreciate how tough it is for fighters to enter the cage after such a grueling week where they have to shed pounds.

Sean O’Malley might be sidelined for six-months

The latest entrant in the top 15 of the bantamweight division might have to sit on the sidelines. ‘Suga‘, after dominating Raulian Paiva at UFC 269 and getting the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus, might have to wait till June to get back inside the octagon.

According to mixedmartialarts.com, O’Malley is one of four fighters who could be unavailable to fight until June due to potential injuries. He needs to get an MRI and X-ray on the right hand/base of his thumb.

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He would be disappointed if he has to sit out as he didn’t get hit in the face and could’ve gotten into the octagon again soon. However, should he get a clean X-ray, he could be back even sooner than that.

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Who would you like to see Sean O’Malley fight next? Should he fight someone in the top 10? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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