cut the weight cutting!
After watching the mismatch between Gaudinot and Bedford and hearing Bisping talk about nearly missing weight because he "sucked on one to many ice cubes", I couldn't help but be reminded of the paradox of weight cutting.
Let's look at some examples of this paradox.
1. Bisping vs Miller
Here we have two fighters who are the same size and weigh about the same on fight night. Those two fighters are in the same weight class and agree to fight each other. Then they both undergo brutal weight cuts, resulting in one "professional fighter" almost missing weight and the other "professional fighter" completely gassing in the second round after being dominant in the first. All that so they could fight in the same weight class. Which they were already in to begin with.
2. Gaudinot vs Bedford
Here we have two fighters with extreme difference in height and weight. One is fighting in his natural weight class because lower class does not exist. The other cuts extreme amounts of weight and enters the cage with a solid 30-40 pounds more then his opponent. We are talking 25% - 30% size difference. He then proceeds to manhandle his opponent as if he was a child, making the fight and his victory completely irrelevant.
3. BJ Penn vs entire WW division
Here we have a warrior who would fight anyone anytime, actually gaining extra amount of weight (fat) so he could compete with fighters cutting 30 or more pounds to make said weight.
In my opinion, cutting extreme amount of weight on weigh in day only results in lackluster performances, mismatches and is affecting fighter longevity and long term health.
It is also, in my opinion, one of the pitfalls of asian fighters, who are not used to cutting weight in organizations like pride or dream. Then they enter the ufc and are forced to cut weight or fight larger opponents.
What would change if we had weigh ins on fight day and no weight cuts? Nothing. 90% percent of the respective weight class rosters would stay the same (since they all cut the same amounts anyway), we would only have to change the weight limits. Fighters would be healthier, and we would surely see better fights with fighters gassing less often.
What do you think?