It appears that extreme weight cutting has claimed another victim in MMA. Fortunately Titan FC bantamweight champion Rudson Caliocane has survived his ordeal. However, Combate reports that the Titan FC bantamweight champion has been paralyzed across the left side of his body—following his October 19th bout against Matheus Mendonca, at Future MMA 9.
According to Combate, 26-year-old Caliocane passed out shortly after losing a unanimous decision to Matheus Mendoca, and was sent to the hospital. There he was diagnosed with brain stem ischemic stroke, caused by blood clots forming in the arteries of the neck. Caliocante had reportedly cut 6.1 kg (or about 13.4 lbs) in the lead up to the fight—using a friend’s bathtub to dehydrate.
“I noticed he didn’t look normal.” said Caliocane’s manager, Alex Davis. “When the fight ended, it got worse and Rudson’s father carried him until the paramedics arrived. Those of us who are experience in MMA knew it had nothing to do with the fight specifically, but with the sudden weight cut. At the hospital, the doctors confirmed the ischemia was due to the cut. It wasn’t a guillotine or a powerful strike, it was the dehydration.”