Fighter fasting for fight Day

JOSE RODRIGUEZ -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:57 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Alberta's Jason (Dooms) Day is starving for attention -- literally.

The middleweight contractor won't have a bite to eat for more than 24 hours as he prepares to make his 185 lb. weight limit.

"It's not as bad as it used to be," said Day.

"Before, I was stupid about it. I was 210 trying to cut to 185 and sometimes trying to cut as much as 15 pounds in a day.

"You get into a sauna and sweat out a bunch of water. Mentally, it breaks you down, and physically, it's not good for you."

Day's pre-weigh-in ritual is no different than most fighters who walk around much heavier than their cage weight.

No food, sweatsuits, excercise bikes and saunas.

"I've spent as much as six hours in the sauna trying to take it off and that was just ridiculous," he said.

"I wasn't taking care of myself."

So, Day employed the help of a nutritionist and cutting weight isn't nearly the task it once was.

"I'm walking around at 200, sometimes 195 so the cut's not nearly as bad," said the 6-ft. Day, who has a record of 16-5.

"Hopefully tomorrow morning, I'll have to cut five pounds in the sauna, which is a cakewalk compared to what I used to do."

Unlike the other fighters on the card, Day is a UFC virgin, brought in as a last-minute replacement for an injured Patrick Cote.

"This is my first time in the UFC and I thought I'd be nervous," he said. "But since I got here, I feel great.

He admits to being mildly starstruck.

"You walk down the hall and Rich Franklin's there. Georges St. Pierre is hanging around. It's cool," said the Lethbridge product.

He'll be taking on Alan Belcher who is 12-4 as a pro.

The last Canadian fighter Belcher took on, Vancouver's Kalib Starnes, ended up in hospital with a nasty gash to the head that exposed his naked skull.

"Yeah, that cut was gross," said Day.


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