Hey guys! If you know me, you know I love to share my experience, so this opportunity to jump in and answer a few of your questions is awesome!
#1 - I think the best answer is, "As long as we have before his next fight." You may remember what I have done with Rampage before the Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida fights. In both cases, Rampage had started training camp with a bodyweight in excess of 250lbs...and that was just 8 weeks before fight night. Doing a side-by-side comparision, it is safe to say that Rampage probably has as much, if not more, lean m,uscle mass on his frame than Roy has and both guys stand about 6'2" (I must say medical conditions may alter this expectation.)
#2 - No. I have never turned a fighter away because of bodyweight issues. My only criteria are, "Would I invite this person into my home to share a meal with my family." That is how I choose my athletes. Also, I work by seniority and loyality, not money. What this means is, I will not replace an athlete with a higher ranked athlete, regardless of payday, if I had already been engaged in a professional manner by the former.
#3 - It really does make me proud to see my work is appreciated at the highest levels of our sport. I am very much a blue-collar guy from humble a humble upbringing that had to sacrifice much in order to follow my true passion of spreading my ideal of health. And, to now see that I have had an impact at such an elite level is a true honor. Rampage, Sonnen, Maynard, Alves, Belfort, Bisping, Ellenberger, Pyle, Heiron, Herman, Quarry, Bocek, Ludwig, Loveland, Harris, Wilson, and Julia Budd are just a few of the top names I can think of that I already work with and there are so many more that I had to turn down due to my seniority and loyalty policies. Honestly, I am truly blessed!
Thank you so much for the questions and I look forward to becoming a regular member on this site.
All the best,
Mike The Dolce Diet