Mixed martial artist shaves head to make weight – still misses

Khabib Nurmagomedov recently opened up about his young son’s MMA training. While the UFC hall of famer is upbeat about it now there was a time he cautioned against it, and talked about the many sacrifices MMA demanded of him including a time he described as ‘almost dying from a weight cut’.

Making weight is an important part of MMA and it seems like there’s not a clear answer as to how to avoid martial artists compromising their lives in order to make the limit. No matter how hard one tries, there’s always going to be someone eager to use size to their advantage.

Brave CF competitor Joilton Lutterbach was determined to make weight for his chance to snatch the interim world title match at super-lightweight against Mihail Kotruta but he won’t be able to – despite opting to shave his head at the last moment.

The veteran of the sport is booked to face Mihail Kotruta at Brave CF 68 this weekend in the Maritim Hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany.

But Lutterbach stepped on the scales 0.22lb over the limit. This effectively means he won’t be crowned as the champion if he were to win against Kotruta who is still eligible to become the champion.

This is relatively common in MMA and had happened during the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Al Iaquinta interim lightweight title match. Iaquinta was over the limit and there on short notice.

But Lutterbach made one last desperate attempt to make weight and shaved his head.

Sadly this wasn’t enough and he was unable to get to the 165lb limit.

Lutterbach is not the only person to have decided to shave his head in order to make the limit. Earlier last month, Matt Schnell had to get creative to make the weight limit to compete at UFC Orlando.

After doing the unexpected, he stepped on the scale the 2nd time and reached the 126 pound limit.