Gleison Tibau must be some kind of alien. The UFC lightweight walks around at a staggering 190, and routinely cuts 30 or more pounds for each of his fights.
Tibau’s coach Stefane Dias recently opened up about his fighter’s incredible weight cut, and revealed just how it’s done.
“During the fight week, he works on the technical part with striking coach Luciano ‘Macarrao’ and jiu-jitsu coach Marcos da Matta, but also maintenance the aerobic workouts to help weight loss together with a dietary restriction of solid foods and an increase in fluid intake ranging from six to eight liters per day [of distilled water] — or water with zero percent sodium — for a period of two days after gradually reducing the water,” Dias said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “This causes the body to eliminate more water and not retain anything in the moments prior to weighing.”
Once Tibau has made weight, he then must commence the arduous task of rehydrating.
“As soon as Tibau hits the scale at 155, he starts to get the water back into his body,” Dias continued. “After this brief recovery, he eats light food which is quickly absorbed, like bananas, grapes, fruit salad, as well as Vitamin Water or Gatorade. The weigh-in usually occurs late into the night and the athlete is already semi-recovered. We continue with the intake of low-fat foods that are rich in carbohydrates every two hours, and also make shakes with added glutamine, dextrose, maltodextrin and vitamins to obtain a super compensation carbohydrate and assist in performance the athlete. We also add calcium pills, potassium and magnesium due to dehydration to avoid cramps on fight time.”
Tibau has never missed weight since moving down to lightweight. He most recently defeated Jamie Varner via split decision at UFC 164, bringing his record to 28-9.