Norma Dumont is done with bantamweight – for now.
The Brazilian fighter, who missed twice in 135-pound fights in the UFC, spent several days consulting with experts at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas after canceling her fight with Erin Blanchfield in April, and was advised to move up to featherweight. until she can fully move to Las Vegas or achieve healthy weight loss.
“I made a deal with the UFC,” Dumont said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “They want me to stay at 135 pounds while training at PI. However, since I have no money to stay here [in Las Vegas], we asked for a 145 pound fight in July so that the PIs had enough time to work with my weight. [cut]… “
According to Dumont, the UFC is currently working to give her a featherweight fight for the card on July 17.
“PI said I need at least four months for my body to adjust to the new weight,” she said. “I’m too strong for [bantamweight] division and I have dense bones. Gaining 135 pounds is not impossible, but I need special training and diet to do it. “
Dumont was signed to the UFC featherweight title but lost her Octagon debut to Megan Anderson in February 2020. Immortal lost 3.5 pounds in her next bantamweight fight, beating Ashley Evans-Smith by decision.
Another overweight miss forced her fight against Blanchfield to be canceled earlier this month. Hours after the official weigh-in of UFC Vegas 23, Dumont told MMA Fighting that the UFC champion will do “some research with me and see how I continue to work in this weight class.”