When most people here the word ‘athlete’, they usually associate it with somebody like Usain Bolt or Anthony Joshua. Somebody in ridiculously good shape and at the peak level of physical fitness. However, this isn’t always the case in MMA.
With so many weight categories, fighters will always step into the cage in all different shapes and sizes. Whether it be the small but ripped frame of the likes of Demetrious Johnson or the rounder, larger figure of somebody like Roy Nelson, there is a place in the sport for them all.
Since the introduction of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2015, there have been many fighters who seem to have not fought the same way they used to. For most it was just their performances that dropped but for some, their entire body shape changed.
But of course, the USADA aren’t the only reason for a fighter’s body shapes changing. Some needed to change drastically in order to make a fight go ahead and others just simply enjoy food too much.
Here are 8 UFC fighters who underwent huge body transformations: