Facts are still coming to light in the case of Brazilian fighter Leandro Souza’s death. However, what is known is that he received an opportunity to fight for Shooto on short notice and had to shed more than 30 pounds in a week. To assist in the process, he apparently took a number of diuretic pills and ultimately passed out in the sauna while cutting the final amount of weight for the bout. The 26-year would never recover. Though his gym – Nova Uniao – has spun the situation as a stroke it’s hard to dismiss the effect losing so much weight in such a short span might have had on his body. Also worth mentioning, Nova Uniao’s head honcho Andre Pederneiras also happens to be the President of Shooto in Brazil. If nothing else, his death should not only open eyes to what fighters on the regional scene are subjected to but also the way Brazil’s regulatory system handles pre-fight drug testing. It’s a sad situation and, apparently, one that never needed to play out.
Though the recent shift in strategy around these parts has been difficult, rest assured the importance of the 5 OZ community hasn’t been forgotten or their plethora of thought-provoking opinions either. From here on out, the 10-Point Must will make a weekly appearance where I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from the future of a few fighters to some recently-booked rumbles to the tragic death of Leandro Souza. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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