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Rashad Coulter details insane weight cut for UFC Beijing, hopes to stay at light heavyweight



Rashad Coulter picked up his first win in the UFC today, but he went through some trials and tribulations to get it.

Coulter (9-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Hu Yaozong (3-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the prelims at UFC Fight Night 141, which took place at Cadillac Arena in Beijing. The entire card streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Coulter won with a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27 in the fight, which was scheduled at light heavyweight. Coulter, though, missed the limit for the weight class and came in at 208 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in. Given the weight he said he came down from when he signed the bout agreement, it’s almost understandable.

“The weight cut really affected me,” Coulter said after the fight. “When I signed the contract for this fight, I was at 265 pounds. The last two pounds were pretty hard to get off – I got down to 208.”

Coulter is no stranger to 205 pounds, though his first three fights in the UFC were at heavyweight. He even fought at middleweight back in 2013 before going back up to heavyweight. He then toggled back and forth between heavyweight and 205 before settling in at heavyweight in the UFC.

In fact, Coulter fought at light heavyweight for the XKO regional promotion in 2016, and less than six months later fought at 246 pounds at Legacy FC 61. His three fights in the UFC at heavyweight, Coulter was between 241 and 249 pounds – so the 265 seems big, even for him.

He said he felt the effects of the cut in the fight against Yaozong.

“I started to feel the weight cut halfway through the second round,” he said. “My gym, Force MMA in Dallas – we’re in the doghouse every day. That grinding we do just had me push through for this fight.

“I knew Yaozong was tough,” Coulter said. “His boxing was a whole lot better. He was more tight this fight. He was more down the pipe and landed some good body shots.”

With his first UFC win under his belt, and his first victory in nearly two years, Coulter now hopes he can convince the powers that be to let him stay at light heavyweight – despite missing the mark on the scale.

“I apologize for missing weight,” Coulter said. “I hope the matchmakers give me another shot (at light heavyweight) because 205 is really my weight class and I can cause some damage in this division.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 141, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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