UFC Star Paige VanZant Shares Topless Photo That Reveals Harsh Truth About Cutting Weight


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UFC flyweight Paige VanZant will never again fight at 115 pounds. The former strawweight, who recently told The MMA Hour& how grueling it was to get down to 115 pounds, shared a picture on Instagram Wednesday showing just how thin she had to be to meet that requirement.&

Compare the picture above to the one below and it's clear how much she had to cut to make weight.&

TMZ also posted a photo of a topless VanZant looking gaunt and exhausted, apparently passed out on a bathroom floor.&

This photo shows the result of a common occurrence for VanZant. As she told The MMA Hour, she was regularly passing out pre-fight becuase of the rigors of cutting weight.

“It's a big cut for me,” she said. “I’m a lot heavier than people realize. I was honestly killing myself for this sport. In my last I want to say two fights or three fights, I’ve passed out in my bathroom. This last one, I passed out and had the doctors almost not cleared me for the fight.”

VanZant expects to be much more comfortable fighting at 125 pounds. "I’m a big advocate for body positivity and I was putting myself through an eating disorder to make weight," she said.&

"And it became not fun for me anymore. I hate cutting. I hated the process. Obviously, passing out on your bathroom floor is not fun, because you’re dying in a bathtub."

VanZant was supposed to make her 125-pound debut at UFC 216 against Jessica Eye. She had to pull out of the fight with a back injury though. Now, she's working on getting her back right and will soon make a return to the cage at a weight that won't require her to nearly kill herself.&