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The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) is one of the more active commissions in the sport, and one of its big obstacles is extreme weight-cutting. Fighters routinely pack massive amounts of weight back on immediately after the official weigh-ins, resulting in their actual weight being well above the initial number on fight day. Seeking to lose and regain too much weight is rather unhealthy and can create unfair matches — two things CSAC is looking to avoid.
At recent events, CSAC has taken a step in the right direction by recording the weights of athletes on fight night. After taking in all this data, ESPN reports that CSAC implemented a new rule today that will cancel bouts in which one athlete is 15% heavier than the contracted weight. Initially, CSAC simply recommended fighters who regained 10% or more of their weight to move up a division, but those recommendations generally fell on deaf ears.
CSAC executive officer Andy Foster described the practice of extreme weight-cutting as “a health and safety issue” that qualifies as “sanctioned cheating.” Foster is aware of the risk that fighters will dangerously cut weight twice to work around the system, but he’s more hopeful that promoters will simply make more catchweight bouts or move the athletes up a weight class. He said, “Pretending like we’re bound to these weight classes like they’re set in stone and fighters can’t move up, frankly it’s not healthy.”
On the whole, it seems like a step in the right direction, if not exactly a bold one — 15% is a lot of weight. In addition, size discrepancies can still occur if the bout is moved to a catchweight and only one fighter makes use of the additional allowed poundage. That’s precisely what happened at UFC 241 when Manny Bermudez was given at catchweight of 140 lbs. at the last minute due to his brutal weight cut. Bermudez gained 17.7% of his weight back and walked into the cage at 164.8 lbs. His opponent, Casey Kenney, only weighed 145 lbs. — the two were two full weight classes apart! Even if Bermudez had stayed under that 15% number, the potential difference is huge.
It’s a complicated issue that will likely require multiple adjustments, but at least CSAC is one of the few trying.
Aspen Ladd — who regained 18% of her weight/24 pounds at UFC “Sacramento” — also appeared before CSAC today, appealing her knockout loss to Germaine de Randamie on grounds of discrimination. While I do agree that some referees tend to stop fighters earlier in Women’s MMA, Ladd was staring into space after getting dropped and showed zero reaction to the punch that was coming her way. There was no intelligent defense to be found.
In short, bad appeal is bad. And it was DENIED!
Jorge Masvidal is willing to run it back … someday … maybe.
A couple posts that really embody one of my favorite Team Alpha Male sayings: it’s not all hashtags and retweets! MMA hurts y’all.
— 佐々木憂流迦 Ulka Sasaki ウルカ うるか (@Ulka_Sasaki) October 15, 2019
Timing is everything!
Dustin Akbari continues to create unpleasant ways to crank on shoulders.
Watch Zhang Weili work on her takedown defense:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
These old Matt Serra highlights are a thing of beauty.
The best time to attempt a submission is immediately after the fight hits the mat, before the position is settled.
Just … ouch!
The most cruel (and hilarious) meme page that I follow finally posted something that fits the topic. Strip Mall Striking for the win!
Midnight Music: Fun fact: Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On was titled as such to answer the Marvin Gaye masterpiece, What’s Going On?
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.