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A progressive state known for their longtime support of mixed martial arts, Ohio has taken another step to level the playing field in amateur mixed martial arts. Ohio will institute a cruiserweight division on a provisional basis on May 1. The new weight class, which will be 206-225 pounds, will be under a trial basis in amateur MMA, but the state has no plans of instituting the new division for professionals just yet.

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Post #1   4/6/10 7:16:26AM   

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For a while I wasn't convinced on the idea of implementing a division in between heavyweight and light heavyweight, but recently, with fighters like Frank Mir, Shane Carwin, Brock Lesnar, Brett Rogers, etc. cutting to make weight like those in other weight classes instead of, as was the case traditionally, walking around somewhere between the minimum and maximum, my attitude's starting to change.

Heavyweights are gigantic.

Post #2   4/6/10 7:43:11AM   

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I'm not sure this really means much. Does a fighter who doesn't meet the minimum weight for a weight class "fail to make weight"? Is the sanctioning for the match rescinded? If a Welterweight fighter weighs-in at 155 lbs, is he barred from the match? I could maybe see a scheduled title fight being declared a non-title fight, but would the fighter have to forfeit part of his earnings to his opponent? (Now that would be retarded.) Whether it's the rule or not, I don't know if it's ever happened.

So I'm not sure how much this matters to the big promotions, Strikeforce and the UFC. I doubt many of their Heavyweights come in at 230 anymore, even without a Cruiserweight division. Fedor is the only one I can think of, and he obviously has no reason to drop to a lower weight class. It seems like all of the guys who would have fought at 225 have already dropped to 205. For the UFC, I think a Cruiserweight division would have less impact on the Heavyweight division than it would on the Light-Heavyweight division. I can't think of many UFC Heavies who could make 225. Maybe Cro Cop, or Pat Barry. Strikeforce just doesn't have enough fighters.

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Hopefully the UFC won't implement this atrocious weight class.

Post #4   4/6/10 10:07:59AM   

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I think its a great idea, I think there are plenty of fighters that fall in this weight range naturaly. The only problem I can see is the lack of quality fighters at heavy weight right now. As the sport grows I think this will be a necessary progression.

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i'm 100 percent for this but i'd like one more weight class in there along with the 225. Not necessarily right away but in the future i think it'd be a good thing to do for the sport.

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Posted by AchillesHeel

I can't think of many UFC Heavies who could make 225. Maybe Cro Cop, or Pat Barry.



Cain and Nogueira for starters.

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this is one of the best ideas out there, if anyone doesnt like it then they have never been to an amateur show. this has nothing to do with the ufc/strikeforce yet, its for the amatuer's. potentially down the line maybe something can happen with the ufc but its nothing right now. this is great for the sport for amateurs, and hopefully other states will follow thru with it. not every amateur will make the ufc, some do this for excitement and being at a 60 pound disadvantage could take the fun out right away

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I also think guys who have trouble with 205 will be moving into this class. IMO this is a waaaaaay better class then 195. JDS, Kongo, anyone thats around 230-240 can make this weight.

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yeah I've been saying this needs to happen for a while. There aren't enough fighters to make the weight class work in major orgs right now, but it's good that they're taking the steps in that direction.

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Posted by cmill21

I also think guys who have trouble with 205 will be moving into this class. IMO this is a waaaaaay better class then 195. JDS, Kongo, anyone thats around 230-240 can make this weight.



Absolutely, this is the most needed weight class in MMA. I think this is a great idea. 195 might make sense down the road, if there is a lot more talent. But even then I'm not sure its needed. To many weight classes stretches the talent (see boxing).

But with those monsters out there now-a-days, guys to big for LHW have to be behemoths to compete.

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I like this move a lot. The sport grows exponentialy every day. The Hw division will have plaenty of good fighters to contend.

EDIT: My only problem is that it could lead to the first multi weight class champion. I dont like this prospect, it ties up both weight classes title picture.

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Posted by BustedKnuckle

I like this move a lot. The sport grows exponentialy every day. The Hw division will have plaenty of good fighters to contend.

EDIT: My only problem is that it could lead to the first multi weight class champion. I dont like this prospect, it ties up both weight classes title picture.



that's just as real of a possibility as with GSP or Anderson Silva now

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This is the next big step in MMA I think. The heavyweight division isn't competitive because of the huge disperity, and this would free up a lot of fighters to actually fight guys their own size.

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The new weight class will be under a trial basis in amateur MMA, but the state has no plans of instituting the new division for professionals just yet.

"Let's see how it catches on with the amateurs before we suggest anything to the pros," said Profato. "I feel the pros are established and this weight may not make any difference."

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