The night before he fought Ricardo
Romero at UFC
Kingsbury soaked his bed with sweat. He had a fever. His throat
was tickling too.
“I can’t even imagine how many pounds I lost in my sleep,”
Kingsbury (Pictured) said recently on the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show.
Turns out he had spent too much time in the steam room working his
weight down, resulting in some fluid in his lungs that brought on
the other symptoms. Kingsbury fought anyway. He won too, stopping
Romero just 21 seconds into the first round.
“It was pretty bad, but I just put it in the back of my head and
really didn’t give it too much attention,” Kingsbury said. “I
didn’t even tell my coaches until after the fight. Thankfully it
didn’t end up going three rounds because I would have been hurting
in the third round there for sure.”
After the fight Kingsbury needed an IV and drank an additional
gallon of fluids. Despite his dehydrated state, he looked to be in
“I try to come in as lean as I can,” Kingsbury said. “That way I
know that whatever I’m walking around at, it’s all muscle and
bones. You look at other guys that maybe don’t do that, and it’s
kind of mindboggling to me why if you’re in any weight class other
than heavyweight, how you would carry extra fat knowing that you’re
really at a disadvantage.”
Kingsbury has his regimen down to a science. It includes a strict
diet that begins 10 weeks before the fight as well as blood tests
every three to four weeks that let him keep a close eye on his
With that said, it may sound strange that Kingsbury ended up so ill
the night before his bout.
“By fight day, if all goes well, you feel like you’re invincible.
You’re indestructible. Nothing’s going to get to you,” Kingsbury
said. “That’s on one hand. On the other hand, you really can’t make
any changes to whatever normal routine you’ve become accustomed to.
Because you’ve eliminated all of these bad things from your body,
you’re almost like a baby. You can’t take any new things into you.
For instance, the steam room, which I wasn’t accustomed to, I wound
up having an adverse reaction. … I didn’t really think about how
fragile everything is at that point in my body. Going into that
steam room didn’t seem like it hurt me and then I spent a little
too much time in there.”
Of course, Kingsbury came out on top anyway and has now won three
straight in the UFC. He credits his teammates at American
Kickboxing Academy and Power MMA for his improvement.
“That’s really what it is,” Kingsbury said. “I’ve been working with
a lot of great guys at AKA. I’ve also been working with a lot of
great guys at Power MMA, with Ryan Bader,
Simpson, those guys. I’ve got the best of both worlds, training
in Arizona as well as California. The sky’s the limit when you
surround yourself with guys that are better than you.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:14:25) with Kingsbury, who also
discussed teammate Ryan Bader’s
loss to Jon Jones.