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How Do UFC Fighters Who Miss Weight Perform?

Ever since the UFC implemented early weigh-ins, there has been a drastic increase in fighters failing to make weight. Through the first 18 months of early weigh-ins, a total of 51 fighters have missed weight or failed to weigh in, per Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie. The prior 18 months saw just 17 fighters do so.

There are plenty of reasons and theories why this has happened. Fighters have always been creatures of habit and disrupting this may have caused more problems than anyone expected. Maybe the need to weigh in during the morning hours has affected the fighters the night before and this has caused them to push their bodies too far. Of course, some will simply say it is happenstance and it will eventually correct itself.

But no matter what, fighters missing weight has become a regular occurrence in the UFC. Since the beginning of 2017, the UFC has held 43 events with 19 of those cards seeing fighters compete after failing to make weight.

How does this failure to make weight affect the fighters come the fight? That is what I am here to bring you. Below is a breakdown by year on how fighters who have missed weight have performed once they stepped inside the Octagon.

UFC Fighters To Miss Weight In 2018
W/L RecordStoppage VictoriesDecision VictoriesStoppage LossesDecision Losses
3-03200
UFC Fighters To Miss Weight In 2017
W/L RecordStoppage VictoriesDecision VictoriesStoppage LossesDecision Losses
11-105664
UFC Fighters To Miss Weight In 2016
W/L RecordStoppage VictoriesDecision VictoriesStoppage LossesDecision Losses
9-103637

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