Nick Catone Hospitalized For Severe Dehydration, James Head Pulled From UFC 159


Nick Catone has been hospitalized for severe dehydration after weighing in two pounds over the limit at 170lbs and having to forfeit 20% of what would have been his fight purse. James Head was left without an opponent, and on such short notice there were none available to replace Catone. The fight has been scratched from UFC 159, and although Head will receive his fight purse he will not fight tonight.

Yet another blow for UFC 159, and the first fighter to lose is Nick Catone. His record has now moved to 9-5, extending his losing streak to three fights and marking possibly the first fighter in history to lose by dehydration (seriously look it up!).

James Head, who was looking to rebound from a TKO loss to Mike Pyle, will have to watch from the sidelines as tonight’s event passes by. Stay tuned to Lowkick for more UFC 159 coverage!

  • It is not a matter of time before someone dies of a weight cut. Dustin Jenson died after his MMA bout where he competed at 155lbs. He was 6'9.
    Bas Rutten said one week earlier how dangerous weight cutting was because there was no way to control where the water came off of. And obviously some would be lost from the protective barrier that protects the brain. I do not know how to control or regulate the amount of weight that should be allowed to be cut. Possible medical exams one week before and one day before.
    I have known wrestlers during my time in amateurs that have died following weight cuts trying to lose far less weight than these guys are trying to cut. Granted we had much less experienced people guiding us.
    I am, and always have been an advocate for regulating weight cuts because I know first hand how dangerous they can be and are. Having passed out in a sauna wrapped in garbage bags..twice.
    It is a matter of time until a very high profile athlete is going to be killed following this practice. I so hope I am completely wrong.

    • Well said, I agree completely.

      It's even more dangerous than the sport itself. I wish everyone would just fight at the weight they walked around at naturally only cutting a fews pounds if completely necessary.

      Although Rory I'm confused… How did he lose? he didn't even fight. If you don't even step into the cage then the fight never took place and it can't go on your record.

      • check out on his fight record is down as a loss…..I was confused too but maybe there was a forfeit clause in his contract?

  • It is easy done. Weigh them on the night. There are very few fighters who would want to go into combat dehydrated as they'd have little energy or stamina and this whole weight cutting issue would disappear.

  • Double weight in's, one the day before and one the day of the fight with a increase cap. What happens is guys start coming in, in shape and it becomes empty stomach vs full stomach. It kills the water work. Guys will diet and get in shape, but kills the water working which causes the most damage.

    They do this in Sanda/San Shou kickboxing matches where I'm from. Guy will be forced to loose fat, but they keep the water and stay hydrated.

    The end result is most guys will come in with less fat and that becomes the objective. Not how much water and fluid you can get out of your body.

    • We did that in wrestling too, towards the end of my career. The problem is, there is a lot more possible head trauma in MMA. Will these guys still try to cut and compete even with these in place. I think the weigh ins are a good idea, but also a medical screen for electrolyte balances and dehydration, past a certain point, you are not allowed to compete.

  • GOD DAMMIT! I'm a big Nick Catone fan. I had the pleasure of meeting him at UFC Fight Night 20 and I've been rooting for him ever since.

  • make the weight divisions something like 175-185 pounds and weight fighters right bef4 they fight