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Family of late MMA fighter Rondel Clark starts foundation to raise awareness about extreme weight cutting


Arianne Clark had a layperson’s knowledge of weight cutting early last summer. She knew it was an unhealthy practice, one her sons — both MMA fighters — took part in.

“I knew that it was dangerous to cut weight,” Clark told MMA Fighting. “I think a lot of people know it’s dangerous to cut weight. You’re not supposed to lose so much weight in a short amount of time. I did not know it was deadly, no.”

Rondel Clark, a Sutton, Mass., native, competed in his second amateur MMA fight on Aug. 12, 2017. He cut weight leading into that bout to make weight. Three days after he left the cage, Rondel was dead at the age of 26.

Later, Arianne found out that Rondel’s kidneys failed due to severe dehydration, leading to his entire system shutting down. Rondel had the sickle cell trait, which Arianne learned accelerated his deterioration. An autopsy concluded that Rondel officially died from extreme rhabdomyolysis, the rapid breaking down of muscle tissue sometimes caused by physical overexertion combined with dehydration.



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