Norma Dumont took on Felicia Spencer at UFC Vegas 27, she took this fight on three weeks short notice, and the weight cut for this one was pretty horrifying.
Norma Dumont described that she had pain in her organs even before the fight, talking to MMA reporter Drake Riggs, she said, “It was a pretty tough thing. I accepted the fight with three weeks’ notice. I had tried to make weight before and it hadn’t worked out so I was still under the effect of weight cutting. My insides, my organs were still hurting on fight day. So, I wasn’t perfectly prepared. We knew she wasn’t a spectacular fighter, she’s obviously a great fighter, but we knew that I could beat her in all forms of fighting so we ended up accepting the fight.”
She added, “I felt lots of pressure in getting the job done. I’m happy that I did get it done but, in that fight, I did what was possible. I wasn’t healthy, I wasn’t feeling well, I really did what I was able to. It was far from ideal performance. In the third round, for example, I felt lots of stomach pain so I needed to slow down a bit. Yeah, it was a good job but far from the potential that I know that I have.” (h/t MMA Mania)
“I didn’t tell anyone,” Norma Dumont didn’t tell anyone about the pain
Dumont is as tough as they come, she was dealing with all the pain but she didn’t tell anyone, “On fight day; Saturday morning, I didn’t tell anyone that,” she said of her pains. “But I was feeling a sort of stabbing sensation in my stomach. The only person who kind of knew was my husband. He saw me punching and massaging my stomach so I could kind of warm up my organs. He would ask me what was going on and I didn’t tell him anything.”
She continued, “After the fight, I told him about it. I told him that I was feeling a pain in my stomach in the third round and that I felt I needed to slow down because I felt that I was worried about getting punched in my midsection. Maybe I wouldn’t make it until the end of the fight. So I really had to slow down the fight. I wasn’t able to give it my all and knowing that makes me a lot more confident. Knowing that in that performance, if I had been better, I would have been able probably to finish it because I would have been able to go a lot stronger against her.” (h/t MMA Mania)