This UFC Fighter’s Diet Will Rid You of Water Weight and Body Fat

Eat like a UFC fighter!

Depending on your given sport, following a strict diet is always going to vary. For a bodybuilder there may be more emphasis put on bulking with higher calorie surplus or cutting with a calorie deficit in order to prepare for a show. Mixed martial artists also go through a similar process, with less emphasis on bulking and more on cutting for a fight.


For the most part a fighter will eat at maintenance in order to keep their bodies strong without packing on too much muscle during fight camp. Strength exercises are a big part of getting prepared for a fight, but you don’t want to pack in too many calories or lift too heavy, especially if you’re not a heavyweight. The goal of strength training and diet for an MMA fighter is to get as strong as powerful without putting on too much weight.

For UFC bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling, diet has been hammered down to a science while at the same time remaining lax enough to keep him from going crazy.

Where other fighters have trouble making weight and must hire a nutritionist for all their meals, Aljamain Sterling has grown to understand his body well, knowing exactly what he needs in order to cut weight properly, yet still come into the fight strong. Counting calories is by no means a fun process and for Sterling it seems to be something that isn’t much of an issue. When you understand how your body works, how it reacts to the fuel you’re supplying it, then cutting weight can become a fairly simple task.

If you’ve ever wondered how a UFC fighter is able to cut water and body fat ahead of their bouts, then you’re going to want to see this. Competing in the UFC means competing at the highest levels of MMA. That means you have to know yourself as well as what to put into your body to perform at an elite level. Take a look at the video below featuring UFC standout Aljamain Sterling as he shows you how he eats leading up to a fight.

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Jonathan Salmon
Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.