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Undefeated Prospect Receives 1st Degree Burns Cutting Weight

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Johny Hendricks sits in the Lifetime Fitness pool during one of his second back to back 20 minute hot tub session while cutting weight the week of his fight in Mansfield, Texas on March 9, 2014.

If it’s not about drugs then it has to be something else. CSAC speaks about the dangers of dehydrating in preparation to make contractually obligatory weight for a fight.

“This is the biggest problem in combat sports,” said Andy Foster, executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission. “Five or 10 percent of people are doping. The number of people dehydrating is much, much higher… It’s a traumatic event. Then the very next day, you combine that with another traumatic event, and that’s called a fight. Combine these two things, and you’re just asking for trouble.”

The latest Weight cutting incident was bizarre.

Undefeated Grant Dawson (7-0) was cutting on Wednesday for his RFA debut, by immersing himself in a hot tub for 45 minutes at a time, repeatedly over a three hour period. The fighter was taken to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with first-degree burns and the onset of hot tub folliculitis, or Pseudomonas aeruginosa folliculitis, a condition is caused by an infection or inflammation of hair follicles.

“It was probably the most pain I’ve felt in my life,” said Dawson to Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “It really felt like something was eating my skin and it was bad.”

“The chlorine levels in the hot tub were way, way beyond what they were supposed to be. It was so bad … the people in the steam room were feeling the chlorine in their eyes. That’s how bad it was. And we were in it. I was in it up to my neck.”

However, Dawson’s account was flatly contradicted by facility manager Dan Creamer, who cited an inappropriate length of time in the pool, and entering the hot tub without showering first, while sweating.

“All of our chemical levels were fine and everything like that,” said Creamer. “There’s a reason why you’re only supposed to be in the hot tub 10 to 15 minutes — not two hours.”

Dawson expected to be back training late this week. And hopes to fight for RFA sometime next year.

In the mean time, there is yet another party damaged by the dangerous weight cut. Opponent Clay Wimer (5-0) drove over 500 miles to the event, and made weight.

“I was his opponent and I was on weight after driving from Rapid City SD, to Lincoln, NE,” explained Wimer. “I’m also undefeated, and I got screwed over not getting to fight. That’s the other aspect of cutting too much.”

Hopefully Grant can recover soon as a bout between the two would more than likely have a substantial amount of fireworks as Grant has all his wins by way of submission and Clay has had all of his victories come by either TKO or submission. As always if their two get to encounter each other then somebody’s “0” will indeed go.

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.