The UFC fans witnessed a horror show during the weigh-ins of UFC Fight Night: Kevin Holland vs Derek Brunson. UFC bantamweight, Julija Stoliarenko fainted twice during the weigh-in and was stretchered away later on.
Julija Stoliarenko was supposed to take on Julia Alvia in her third UFC fight. After her loss to Yana Kunitskaya, this fight was an opportunity for Stoliarenko to secure her first win in UFC and bounce back from the loss. It certainly seemed she would be able to pull off the victory on this occasion.
During her hiatus from UFC since her fight at UFC- TUF 28 finale, Julija Stoliarenko beat five opponents in multiple promotions before making her return to UFC. However, she will have to wait a little longer to get back into the octagon as her fight with Julia Avila has been called off.
Julija Stoliarenko though managed to make weight for her fight the weight cutting certainly took a toll on her. When she first stepped on the scale she fell on the stage as if she got knocked out. The officials helped her get back to her senses and she sat on a chair before going for another attempt to make the weight.
The worst part is she fainted again after the weigh-in and this time it was even scarier. Fortunately, after having some beverages she looked better, but she was soon taken away to the nearest hospital. And as per multiple sources, her fight on UFC Vegas 22 has been canceled.
What should UFC do to help fighters such as Julija Stoliarenko?
We have seen many such instances where fighters pay a huge price to make weight for their weight classes. The debate over whether UFC should adhere to strict rules regarding weight cut policies is nothing new. But, it’s also the responsibility of the fighter and his or her team to know what weight class is the best for the fighter.
We have seen many instances of fighters accomplishing wonders after moving up a weight class and saying no to the rough weight cuts. Robert Whittaker, Dustin Poirier, Anthony Johnson, Thiago Santos, and the list goes on and on. However, it’s a tough decision to make as a fighter. Because many fighters might be at a huge weight and power disadvantage if they move up a weight class. Then what shall be done to tackle this situation in UFC?
Should UFC add more weight classes? Or Should UFC completely ban weight cuts before the fight and follow the approach of ONE FC.