MMA athletes may put health at risk by using extreme weight loss techniques

Mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes are potentially putting their health at risk by shedding almost 10kg in bodyweight in the lead up to fights, new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found.

And instead of giving fighters an advantage, it may actually hamper their performance in the ring.

Weight cutting, or losing weight rapidly before a bout, is common in sports that are divided into weight classes as athletes aim to compete in a lower weight division.

But now research has found the practice is more prevalent in MMA than other combat sports.

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