Posted 06-28-2010 at 09:00 PM by Rusty
Although I will not be adding to this blog very often, or at least I don't think I will, I have what I consider to be some interesting ideas that I would like to jot down. If you hate them or love them let me know.
Cutting weight is a rule that I would like to see tweeked to provide improved safety to fighters and I believe there are many different ways to do it. I am no doctor nor do I believe I have the best ideas on the change but I'm sure drying your body out to the extent that some of the combatants do is not only unhealthy but very dangerous. After seeing James Irvin cut to 185 I could't help but hope for a change. Fighters like Thiago Alvez, Anthony Johnson, and even Martin Kampman cut too much weight in my opinion.
Making sure the fighters are within 10lbs of each other would be one way of curtailing weight cuts but that would not work in the HW division. Weighing in on fight day would affect a large amount of fighters that would probably be upset but in the end could lengthen their careers and hopefully provide a higher quality of living once they finished competing. I understand that alot of fighters want to make a lighter weight class for the size advantage but if noone could cut a ton of weight then basically everyone too big for a lighter weight could just move up a class other than the "tweeners". The fighters would still be roughly the same size of men and the quality of fights wouldn't change much. There are quite a few fighters that cut 15-20lbs which is alot, but other fighters are cutting 25-30lbs and more and that is unsafe for a 200lb man. In the end I hope changes are made so that fighters don't suffer later in life. Unusual thing for a fight fan to worry about but maybe I'm just weird. Thank you for reading and comment if you would like:)