Marcos Rogerio de Lima is done with fighting at light heavyweight after missing weight a second time in the UFC.
“Pezao" missed weight by five pounds for his UFC Fight Night 108 clash with Ovince St. Preux in Nashville, three months after weighing in at 209.6 for his bout with Jeremy Kimball in Denver.
de Lima, who competed as a heavyweight on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4, has decided to move back up after racking up a 3-3 record at light heavyweight.
“It's not healthy for me to fight at this weight,” Lima told MMA Fighting.
Lima says he’s not sure why he wasn’t able to make weight this time, and believes that his struggles led to his performance against St. Preux.
“I didn’t recover well,” Lima said. “I fractured my face cheekbone and my nose with a blow. It wasn’t even that hard, but the doctor said it probably fractured because my potassium and calcium levels were too low."
The Brazilian felt “too weak” during the weight cut for UFC Fight Night 108, but it wasn’t as damaging to his body as his previous one. Prior to his fight with Kimball in January, “Pezao" passed out twice in the process of cutting weight.
“The first one was in the pool, so no problem,” Lima recalls, "but the second time, I was in the bathroom, so I went down and hit my head.”
"It was the first time something like that ever happened to me,” he continued. "Even when I cut down to 185 I was fine, but this time I had issues. My body was in its limit. I was afraid of how my body would react during the fight because of the high altitude, but thank God I didn’t need to pull out of the fight. It was a good fight. I felt a bit slower, but I still won."
“Pezao" recorded his four UFC wins by first-round stoppage, including his promotional debut against Richardson Moreira in 2014, when he won by knockout in just 20 seconds.