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Mike Rhodes Talks His Weight Issues & Trying To Deal With It On Fight Week

Andrew Ravens

Robert Whittaker

Mike Rhodes is set to face Robert Whittaker for UFC Fight Night 43, he has a second fight and that is against his weight.

Mike Rhodes (6-2) Has 3 knockouts 1 submissions and 2 wins by decision. He has never been knocked out, but submitted once and lost by decision once.

“You have to do certain things to get where you want to get in life, and that was something I had to do. It tested my mental capacity – my mental toughness – and I overcame it. My fight that night was with the scale, and when I made weight, that kind of hit me on fight night. I was excited, but my body didn’t react well to cutting that much weight. On fight night I looked like how I felt, which was horrible. I just hope I never have to cut that much weight again ever.”

Prior to joining the UFC, he was 6-1. He made his UFC debut against George Sullivan, but lost the fight via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 10 – Henderson vs. Thomson on Jan / 25 / 2014.

“I don’t like to make excuses or anything like that, but my two losses are short-notice fights. I took a fight against Brandon Thatch, who is on a tear in the UFC, on eight days’ notice, and I cut 23 pounds for that. I had to fly to his home state of … Colorado and had to fight at elevation while cutting that much weight, said Rhodes. It seems like short-notice fights with big weight cuts aren’t good to me. I could be one of those guys with a padded record, but those are the fights that have done the most for me even in the loss.”

Site Reminder: UFC Fight Night 43 goes down this Saturday morning on UFC Fight Pass. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelm side of the card of Fight Pass, then all the way to the main event fight on Fight Pass. Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is James Te Huna vs. Nate Marquardt, the  co-main event is Soa Palelei vs. Jared Rosholt. The event airs from Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. The show starts with Sean O’Connell vs. Gian Villante on Fight Pass at 2:30 a.m. ET  and then starting the real fights with the main card on Fight Pass with Robert Whittaker vs. Mike Rhodes at 5:00. Am. ET. Even though it’s early, we hope you come out and support the site. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.

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