Brazilian fighter Daniel Lima had cut an astonishing 16 pounds in two days as he attempted to make weight for his strawweight bout against Daichi Kitakata on Sunday (October 8).
But the extreme weight-loss had a clear effect on him, as he was barely able to stand from exhaustion and dehydration at the Pancrase 290 weigh-ins in Japan.
In a scary video from the event, a clearly disorientated Lima is helped on stage by two of his team – who then keep him on the scales as he waves precariously about.
Despite the 37-year-old’s appearance at the weigh-ins and the fighter actually missing weight by two pounds, the bout was allowed to go ahead – sparking huge condemnation among the UFC and MMA community.
Kavanagh was among those questioning why the plug wasn’t pulled, tweeting: “Let me say it again and clearly. Shame on his team, shame on his coach and shame on the promotion. You are all a disgrace to our sport.”
Others said the incident was “genuinely disturbing”, with some going as far to say: “This is how you die.”
Lima – who lost the fight via decision – said: “Since it was my first time outside of Brazil and I had no experience, I thought it would be easy. It was tough, painful.
“I was weak due to the extreme weight cut, but I was really fine (and) 100% for the fight.”
It’s not the first time weight-cutting has come under scrutiny.
UFC star Kevin Lee was given just an hour to shed a pound and make weight for his showpiece UFC 216 bout with Tony Ferguson on Saturday night (October 7).
Lee – who lost the bout – said the weigh-in played a huge role in the outcome.
“I was going to make the weight, even if I had to cut my foot off or something,” he said.
“I said it before, it damn near killed me and I had to do what I had to do.”