A UFC fighter stumbled and fell while trying to weigh in Friday morning, prompting the cancellation of her bout.
Julija Stoliarenko, a women’s bantamweight fighter, dropped twice attempting to make weight to her scheduled UFC Fight Night bout Saturday with Julia Avila in vegas. The bout has been canceled because of weight-cutting issues, UFC officials told ESPN.
She attempted to take a step back off the scale staggered backward and dropped against the UFC backdrop. UFC security helped Stoliarenko into a chair in the corner of the point.
Within an unsettling landscape, Stoliarenko was allowed to get on the scale again to consider in for the Nevada State Athletic Commission. She successfully made 135.5 pounds. But when attempting to eliminate the scale a second time, she collapsed again, with a member of the UFC security team catching her.
A nearby physician came in to tend to her. Stoliarenko’s trainer, Donatas Uktveris, brought her water. Stoliarenko was taken in the area on a stretcher. She had been transported to a hospital, each the UFC. A request by ESPN for remark from Stoliarenko’s group was not responded to instantly.
When asked why Stoliarenko was permitted to get back on the scale after the first fall, NSAC chief assistant Jeff Mullen, who was presiding on the weigh-ins, declined comment.
Weight cutting is a dangerous portion of mixed martial arts. Fighters sometimes lose 20 to 30 lbs in the days and weeks leading up to weigh-ins, sweating out the remaining portion in a hot tub or sauna. Some state athletic commissions, including California’s, have instituted regulations to curtail intense weight reduction and severe dehydration in combat athletics.
The Lithuania native is the prior Invicta FC women’s bantamweight champion. Stoliarenko, 27, is also a former winner in the Burmese martial art of Lethwei.