Posted by Dberntson
Posted by bjj1605
I have a solution.
Reduce the need for fighters to cut weight.
Have a rule that fighters must weigh in 6 weeks prior to their fight and that they can only lose (x%) of their body weight by fight night.
That way weight classes actually are meaningful and guys will always be fighting people of a similar size. Right now weight classes just test who's better at gaming the system.
Weight cutting is a huge part of the sport/game. Its the same in all combat sports. Its purely strategy and up to the fighters to choose whch weight class they can and want to fight in. Its also a big mental part of the game and tests discipline. Its what makes the athletes mentally tougher than in other sports. For anyone who has competed in wrestling, MMA, boxing etc, its just part of the sport. Finally, Frankie Edgar chooses not to cut much wieght and is successful. Other fighters cut a lot of weight and are successful. The problem is with the fighters (or trainers who recommend it) who cut too much weight or do not know how to cut weight or have a proper diet. If a fighter doesnt have the discipline or cant handle the diet/weight cut, they can fight in higher weight classes. That's why they are there. The super heavy weights, those walking around over 300 pounds, usually carry a lot of fat and can cut down.
Cutting is pretty basic - if you want to fight in a lower weight class - lift less weights (big muscles weigh a lot), lower your calories, eat very healthy as every calorie has to have nutrients and be good for you, lose a couple pounds a week during training camp and then get yourself within a reasonable water weight cut the day before.
First of all, I wrestled in high school. I currently compete several times a year in jiu jitsu competitions. I train with and am friends with several pro-MMA fighters. I know what cutting weight is all about so I don't need a lesson.
Weight cutting is unhealthy and bad for the longevity of a fighters career.
As a fan, it also an aspect of the sport that I would rather do with out.
I want the winner of the fight to be the best fighter, not the best weight cutter. It isn't fair to foreign fighters who come from countries that don't commonly cut weight (such as Japan.) It also isn't fair to people who don't have a wrestling background. Finally, it's not fair to people at the very lightest weights of the sport.
Say you walk around naturally at 126lbs and you want to be a UFC fighter. You have only one option, fight at Flyweight. But you have to go against a former wrestler who can cut 20lbs and so by fight night he weighs in at 135lbs. Is that fair to you?
I think that weight classes are there for a reason....fairness. Weight cutting is a way around weight classes. Again, this is bad for fans because we get less competitive fights.
Its bad for the sport. Its bad for the fighters. And its bad for the fans.