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Ryan Beniot's scheduled bout against Zarrukh Adashev at this weekend's UFC event in Las Vegas has been cancelled after the flyweight struggled to stand up on his own during two scary weigh-in attempts.
In a scene that has shocked the MMA world and beyond, a clearly dehydrated Beniot can be seen being escorted to the scales by a member of his team after a reported 'brutal' weight cut ahead of Saturday's event.
The American fighter, looking unsteady on his feet, eventually stumbled onto the stage but was unable to stand long enough for officials to record an official weight. This is terrifying stuff.
After a failed first attempt to make the 125lb weight limit, Beniot returned moments later to try again. But despite his best efforts - and the officials finally being able to record a reading - the 31-year-old flyweight was four pounds over the limit at 129lbs.
What are we doing? This is crazy. https://t.co/4Kuj5SXyvr- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 7, 2021
Beniot was later transferred to a Las Vegas hospital and on Saturday morning, he was discharged, according to journalist Ariel Helwani, who reports that he is scheduled to fly home tomorrow.
It's an incident that brought plenty of reaction on social media.
It was a scary scene for Ryan Benoit at weigh-ins.- MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) May 7, 2021
He had to be guided to the scale on multiple attempts before missing weight by 3 pounds.
His #UFCVegas26 fight with Zarrukh Adashev is OFF.
Full story: https://t.co/NQ3IXGpeGj pic.twitter.com/svAHZTOuOe
Ryan Benoit looks terrible. This is scary- Jordan Sherwood (@Woodon1063) May 7, 2021
This isn't the first instance of the dangerous effects from weight-cutting this year.
Back in March, Bantamweight Julija Stoliarenko collapsed twice on the scales, before being carried out of the weigh-in ahead of UFC Vegas 22. The scary scenes occurred as the Lithuanian was trying to weigh in before her scheduled bout against Julia Avila.
But videos show a wobbly-legged Stoliarenko staggering back off the scales and falling, as onlookers rushed to pick her up.
UFC fighter Julija Stoliarenko fainted on the scale moments ago during the weigh-ins. She was transported on a stretcher afterwards. No official word yet on her condition. pic.twitter.com/QnA4ofeq6L- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 19, 2021
Stoliarenko reportedly suffered a seizure and the UFC have said the bout has now been cancelled "due to weight-cutting issues".
The 27-year-old had one fall but apparently insisted she was fine as she collected herself on stage. Stoliarenko got up, tried to weigh-in again but collapsed and was unable to stand. She was then placed on a gurney by medical staff and taken from the scene.
Stoliarenko actually made the 136lb limit, weighing in at 135.5 pounds just before she collapsed. But understandably the fight was cancelled.
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