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shocktime Says, in 10-28-2013 at 17:23:26 from    

I have a suggestion how about all fighter just agree to fight closer to their natural walk around weight. Most guy should move up one weight class. I’ve never cut weight other than dieting to get more ripped, but it seems horrible. It would make their lives alot easier and happy it seems. The UFC would need to add a 225 class for guys like Jon Jones, Glover, and Gustaffason. GSP would move up to 185lbs, Anderson up to 205, Pettis up to 170. Know what I’m saying?

TheIronLion Says, in 10-28-2013 at 17:36:40 from    

No one would EVER agree to that. There is simply too much potential for significant advantages made possible by a well-done/scientific weight cut. I walk around at 160, and fight at 135. I save the last 10-12 pounds for the last 24 hours before the weigh in. Not only does this generally give me a reach advantage (I typically have 5-8 inches of reach on my opponents) but by the time I step in the ring I weigh anywhere from 150-155. Telling a fighter not to cut weight is like telling athletes not to do steroids, except there’s no way to regulate/test whether or not someone is, in fact, cutting weight.

Noel Says, in 10-28-2013 at 20:15:40 from    

There is a super easy way to stop guys from cutting weight then putting it all back on. Weigh the fighters before the fight, duh.

Breezy Says, in 10-28-2013 at 20:45:54 from    

Wrestlers and amateur boxers often have to weigh in multiple days in a row for tournaments and they will cut weight multiple days in a row. That will not stop people from making unsafe weight cuts, its just apart of the sport.

wreckitralph Says, in 10-28-2013 at 21:37:46 from    

Errr…its the fighters lives so their decision. You want less cutting? Make more divisions

yoyo Says, in 10-28-2013 at 22:02:54 from    


If you’re weighing in right before the match you’re going into the ring light. It substantially diminishes the advantage of a weight cut. They can make those cuts, but they’re going into the ring dehydrated and weighing as much as their opponent.

Chunks Says, in 10-28-2013 at 22:13:49 from    


It depends how close you do the weigh-in from the fight time. If you could always have backup fighters and/or have serious consequences for missing weight then you could weigh-in less than an hour before the fight or something. There would be no gain by going into a fight completely drained and dehydrated.

humboldt 707 Says, in 10-28-2013 at 22:58:38 from    

while same day weight cuts will not stop some people it will keep most people from cutting to much weight or risk the chance of being to drained for the fight. i know quite a few people that fight in two different weight classes depending on same day or 24hr weigh ins.

drdoom Says, in 10-29-2013 at 01:02:05 from    

There’s got to be some weighing scenario, like weighing a fighter three times in 24 hour period (or something else) that would work to discourage cutting weight. We never really get to see who the p4p best are as long as the Jones’ of the world fight guys way smaller then them. If Jones fought as a hw, I doubt he’d look very dominant or would likely even be champion.

mmaelite177 Says, in 10-29-2013 at 08:39:07 from    

This was a stupid title to a video and an even dumber thread. No one complained when Forest Griffin was champion, or Rich Franklin. Those guys some the biggest in their divisions! Forest would actually weigh 240+ when he started his camps.
Jon Jones is not a big LHW, and he has said has much. You are confusing his freakish height and reach for being a big fighter for his division. Jon has never struggled to make weight, and it is also one of the main reasons why he hasn’t shown too much interest in going to heavyweight.

wcoastassassin Says, in 10-29-2013 at 17:42:59 from    

We have same day weigh ins in Washington state, it’s a state by state thing. Only thing that happens is people don’t have time to properly recover. In judo we weigh in at around 7 am and could be fighting by 8. I typically cut from 165-170 to make 156 which can be a lot when you have to fight right afterward. Everyone does it though, and if I didn’t I would be at a size disadvantage. Same day weigh ins are definitely not the answer.

keulniss Says, in 10-29-2013 at 18:34:35 from    

Ty mmaelite177. There is no weight cutting problem in mma, period. Just like boxing and wrestling. The objective in any weight divisioned sport is to cut the most, as safely possible, always was, always will. There is no unfair advantage for anyone. This is a non-issue that keeps being brought up by people who have never competed in a weight divisioned sport. THE END.

mmaelite177 Says, in 10-30-2013 at 15:21:07 from    

keulniss…i COMPLETELY agree! I have always that the arguing that someone has an unfair advantage due to their size is an excuse for not getting the job done yourself.

Breezy Says, in 10-30-2013 at 18:01:41 from    

Thank u! that’s my point. same day weigh ins wont stop people from cutting excessive weight. I can put on 10lbs with in an hour of making weight and im only 140. No matter when the weigh ins are people will push it to the limit.

keulniss Says, in 11-1-2013 at 04:33:49 from    

Ty, Breezy, mmaelite177, and wcoastassassin. This is exactly my point. I also competed, in wrestling throughout high school. No rule change will ever stop cutting because of the reasons you stated. Notice how you never hear any fighter/boxer/judoka etc. complain about the weight cutting thing?? Because they understand, like us, that there is no way around it, it’s part of the sport, and it’s fair. Non-issue.


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