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Old 10-23-2012, 12:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why do heavyweights cut weight (why is 265 max)

I'm new to mma and just wondering why 265 pounds is the max weight for heavyweight.
I know there isn't a superheavy weight division but whats the point in setting a max weight, would guys over 265 be to big and powerfull and destroy normal heavy weights 200-265 pounds? Like i can see why they would separate middle weights from heavyweights but wouldn't a guy over 265 have a disadvantage against fit normal heavyweights? Or do you you think they set that weight to save the others from getting beat from overly large men.

To break it down, My question is simple. If there was no weight limit for heavyweights would guys come in heavier than 265 because it would be an advantage for them being so big or would they cut like normal because there better fighters under 265. Meaning 200-265 would waste a 300 pound man in a real life fight.
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nobody wants to see people over 265lbs stinking up the octagon...
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Old 10-23-2012, 02:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Considering most MMA fighters are high level athletes with very low body fat i have my doubts that even the people with the biggest skeletons would not be most efficient at 265lbs and less.. in short, if you weigh more than 265lbs you are more than likely overly muscled or carry too much body fat to compete at your optimum level, with maybe only a tiny minority of exceptions.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I actually think that taking away the weight limit isn't such a big deal. If people who way too much are less efficient, then they wont be goood enough to fight in the UFC. I guess it isnt an issue because no "super heavyweights" are good enough, but if the time every comes where we have a beastly human freak at 300lbs, then they should do away with restrictions.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Didn't Lesnar cut from 285sh or sth like that at one point?
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Thanks to the posters above.
So basically what your saying is that anyone over 265 will more than likely lose a fight against a fit guy under 265 if lets say there was no restriction?
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So basically what your saying is that anyone over 265 will more than likely lose a fight against a fit guy under 265 if lets say there was no restriction?
Who knows really. At the end of the day, it comes down to skill imo. Just look at Cain-Lesnar. Lesnar was a lot bigger than Cain. He took him down and could've use his size to keep him down there but Cain sprung up almost immediately, twice. Using technique.

First comes skills and then size imo. And lif you don't reall know how to use your size advantage then it's not useful anyway.
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Yeah for sure.
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First, there actually is a such thing as a superheavyweight division. Second, in most overseas promotions the heavyweight division has no limit with exceptions. Third, the 265 limit was established in the original Unified Rules of MMA and are not likely to change. On another note in Olympic wrestling the heavyweight limit is set at something like 264.5 or something like that because it's set in kilograms. Lastly, the high school and college heavyweight class in college is actually set at 285 and rarely are those guys of muscle bulk.
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