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Gilbert Burns on His Tough Weight Cut for UFC on FOX 29

April 15, 2018 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Gilbert Burns

Speaking to reporters in a media scrum after UFC on FOX 29 (via MMAjunkie), UFC fighter Gilbert Burns discussed picking up a win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier at the event. Below are some highlights from the scrum.

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Gilbert Burns on his weight cut: “I got here at 173 (pounds), easy. I start my water load. The weight goes up a little bit, but nothing bad. I’m starting the cut, all good, no problem. … The workout room was a little cold, and I think that was the first thing – the first little thing. … I went to the hot bath at night, all good, take a lot of weight. I was about six pounds (off), so I’m going to lose a pound sleeping, wake up, five pounds, no problem. … I went into the hot bath – 20 minutes in, 20 minutes out – and I lost I think one pound,” Burns said. “And then that was a nightmare. Then I go again, one pound. Go again, another pound.”

Burns on why it was stressful: “It was very stressful; it was hard. I think even on the weight cut, I evolved so much as a person because (not even for a minute), I never felt like, ‘(Expletive). Let’s go. I don’t care.’ I was, all the time, ‘OK, let’s go one more time. I don’t care.’ Not one time it crossed my mind (to quit). Like, ‘Let’s go, I’ll give the (fine) money.’ … No. All the time I was thinking, ‘I’ll make weight.’”

Burns on trying to get used to the process: “I’m kind of getting used to the process. I think that’s why my body holds a little bit more water. I have kind of that little problem, but nothing affected the performance. I felt great over there. I had a great night of sleep. I had good food. I had my great nutritionist helping me out. I think it didn’t affect at all the performance but made me even stronger. ‘OK, now this guy is going to pay.’”

Burns on possibly moving up in weight: “If I relax, I can go 195, quick. I had the rule already: ‘I’m not going (heavier than) 185. Now I’m not going (over) 180. Let’s see how I’m going to get. I want to get into fight week below 170. Like 168, 167, because that was a fight on that cut.”