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The Size Difference Between An MMA Atomweight And Featherweight Is Ridiculous

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The Size Difference Between An MMA Atomweight And Featherweight Is Ridiculous

UFC middleweight Megan Anderson once posed with atomweight fighter Alesha Zappitella and the size difference was absolutely crazy.

The duo jokingly squared up to each other at Invicta FC 33 back in 2018 with Anderson standing at six foot one, over one foot higher than the four foot 11 Zappitella.

Anderson has since gone on to sign with the UFC and once detailed the crazy lengths she has to go to when cutting weight.


Ahead of her clash with Felicia Spencer at UFC 232 last year, the Australian dropped from 170 to 146 pounds in the space of a week.

"She's going to be eating more calories while she's cutting weight than a lot of fighters are eating 10 weeks out," nutritionist Tyler Minton told ESPN.

"The thing with her, too, is being such a well-conditioned athlete, her metabolic rate is very, very high. So, she burns fast.

"We've gotta keep stoking that fire. If we start to starve her, she'll lose a little bit of weight, but then her metabolism is gonna slow down, her training is gonna suffer. We're not gonna be able to lose good weight."


Her strict diet features six meals a day with three of those being "calorie bombs", which contain almond butter, oats, coconut, cacao and honey rolled into a ball.

"100 percent, if I didn't have Tyler and the way he cuts weight, I don't think I could make weight on my own," Anderson added. "I just don't have the knowledge when it comes to scientifically making sure my weight cut is healthy."

Anderson won her last fight against Norma Dumont back in March via TKO.


Meanwhile, Zappitella is one of MMA's fastest rising stars and has earned the nickname of 'Half Pint' due to her size.

The 25-year-old won her last fight against Kelly D'Angelo at Invicta FC 39 and is set to face Lindsey VanZandt at Invicta FC 40 next month.

Featured Image Credit: Image Credit: Invicta FC

Topics: UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA

Daniel Marland
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