Originally Posted by brownpimp88
Bulk up then. Don't go run to 155.
I seriosly disagree with you here. If you cut 30 lbs from 170 then you are anything but a puss.
Do you have any idea how hellish that would be and then have to fight the next day. Thats a huge % of the overall body weight.
If it stays within the rules then IMO anything goes, if you can cut the weight then by all means do it.
Any intelligent fighter will want to have the size / strength advantage over there opponent, same as they would want to have a wrestling or striking advantage, its just another aspect of the game.
MMA is one of those sports where size and physical condition is extremly important, if you dont accept that then you will lose.
Its only natural to want to perform at your best and represent yourself, if you can perform at your best and compete at the top level in a weightclass higher than your natural one then fair play (e.g. BJ Penn). But if your losing to people who arent even top contenders then to be the best and achieve the best you can then you have to drop down.
I have alot of respect for fighters that move up in weightclass but that doesnt mean i lose respect for those who drop down.
Just look at Shaun Sherk, at welterweight he was a relative nobody, at LW he's the champ (steroid abuse excluded). Also Rich Franklin would never have won the title fighting at LHW but he was dominant at 185.
I personally think diego should powerlift and bulk up 7 lbs or so as i dont think he cuts much weight at all to make it to 170 and that would make him alot tougher for guys like Fitch to handle.
As for him fighting at middleweight i think thats a bit silly considering he's small for a WW and is not particularly strong in that division. I mean can you imagine Diego fighting Franklin, he would get destroyed.