Leon Edwards is not a consumer of PRIME Hydration! The UFC welterweight champion of the world recently passed the biggest test of his career at UFC 286. Leon took on Kamaru Usman in their trilogy bout and the two went the distance on March 18. After 25 minutes of back-and-forth between the two, the judges sided with the champ, and Leon beat Usman via majority decision.
However, an MMA fighter’s job is not only to make the walk to the cage, they have to make the agreed-upon weight as well. Over the years, there have been instances where a hard weight cut ultimately led to the cancelation of a fight. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway’s incidents come to mind at UFC 209 and UFC 223 respectively, when the fighters were unable to fight despite making weight.
Hence, it is important to rehydrate properly before a fight and it does not look like PRIME Hydration is the way to go. After the recently concluded UFC 286 event, Leon Edwards’ nutritionist Jordan Sullivan made a bold claim about what a fighter needs to consume after an exhausting weight cut and PRIME Hydration did not make the list. As a matter of fact, the video specifically added that PRIME was “literally the worst.”
Leon Edwards did not consume PRIME Hydration after his UFC 286 weight cut
So what should a fighter of Leon’s stature eat after a weight cut? Through “The Fight Dietitian” Instagram account, Jordan revealed that it is necessary for the fighter to rehydrate and consume carbs and protein every hour. He also added that trusted and “scientifically formulated” hydration products are the way to go. He also recommended one of PRIME’s biggest sports drinks competitors as the preferred drink for fighters.
On top of that, he also revealed the dishes “Rocky” had after his official weigh-ins. Immediately after weigh-ins, Leon had protein banana pancakes with Nutella and berries. As the day went on, Leon also consumed heavier food such as bbq honey chicken with basmati rice and peri peri chicken with sweet potato fries and rice. The champ also snuck in some rice cakes with Nutella and honey as well.
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To end the day, Leon had another meal that consisted of sweet and sour chicken with white rice. As a result, Leon was fully hydrated before the ceremonial weigh-ins. For the official weigh-ins, Leon came in at 170 lbs, but for the ceremonial weigh-ins, he was much closer to his normal body weight. In front of the fans in London, Leon’s weight was 187.5 lbs.
PRIME Hydration is the official sports drink of the UFC
While PRIME Hydration may not be the best sports drink for the athlete according to Leon’s nutritionist, one can not imagine the UFC being too happy with it. On February 1, UFC signed a multi-year deal with PRIME Hydration for an undisclosed sum of money. However, the rumors are that the deal is pretty lucrative for both parties involved. As a result, Leon’s team bashing the Logan Paul and KSI-owned company is not good optics.
From generating $250 million in revenue to sponsoring the soccer club Arsenal and UFC, PRIME Hydration has come leaps and bounds since its inception. There are also talks that PRIME Hydration’s insane profits may soon make Logan Paul and KSI, billionaires.
After their partnerships, UFC even renamed its corners as “PRIME Hydration zones.” So it will be interesting to see if the recent comments from Leon’s team will affect the business or not.
However, it is unlikely that Leon Edwards will face any consequences for the comments. But what do you think of the comments? Although Logan has repeatedly claimed that PRIME Hydration was the best in its field, many experts have dismissed the notion. Will Logan Paul respond to the claims? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.