CSAC 10 Point Plan for Weight Cutting 5-16-2017

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  1. LongDongSilver

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    In combative sports like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), athletes are placed in weight class categories in order to provide a fair match between contestants and to protect the health and safety of the athletes. The goal to meet the threshold of a certain weight class is often met primarily by dehydrating the body. While this issue is practiced by many within MMA, not all athletes are cutting dangerous amounts of weight. This creates a safety and competitive issue regarding the fairness of the bout and effectively circumvents the purpose of the weight classes. Many athletes that should be in a heavier weight class gain a competitive advantage at the expense of those athletes who naturally belong in that weight class. In addition, many athletes who would be satisfied to fight in a weight class closer to their natural walking weight are essentially forced to cut large amounts of weight because they are concerned that their opponent will be.

    Consequently, weight cutting is a common and dangerous procedure used by athletes in combative sports for competitive advantage. Just in the past two years, two athletes have died cutting weight, many others, including athletes in California, have been hospitalized, and major events have been impacted by the loss of significant bouts. Because of this issue the Commission pursued emergency regulations to curb severe dehydration. Those emergency regulations were the first step in a more comprehensive policy. This is an industry-wide health and safety concern and measures to prevent athletes from using severe dehydration as a method to make the contracted bout weight at events regulated in California should be considered. I have invited participation from MMA industry stakeholders and have received a lot of feedback which has been helpful in establishing a consensus.

    The recommended 10 point plan for MMA outlines measures that can be taken to ensure the health and safety of professional athletes. These steps can occur without the use of additional
    regulations, as regulatory authority currently exists.


    1. Licensing by Weight Class - Requesting the MMA athlete to select the lowest weight class they intend to compete. Following up with a series of questions related to dehydration and weight cutting will allow the Commission to better approve matches and track critical weight information. The Physical Examination associated with the Commission's licensing application requires that the licensing physician certify that the requested weight class is safe for the athlete. (Authority - Rule 210, 280 & 298)


    2. Changes to the bout agreement to obtain parity with boxing - Draft and approve a contract that fines the contestant that fails to make the contract weight 20% of his compensation equally distributed to the Commission and the opponent, as well as 20% of all bonuses (including win bonuses) to the opponent. This will force fighters to compete at weights closer to their natural walking weight. It will also reward fighters who take a fight against a larger opponent and lose. (Authority - Rule 220)


    3. Additional weight classes. 165, 175, 195, 225. Along with licensing by weight class and physician certification, the new weight classes are essential so that each individual athlete has more options to choose a class that is suitable for them. (Authority -Association of Boxing Commissions)


    4. Implement policy changes to the way matches are approved with an emphasis on appropriate weight class. A formal request has been made to the Official Database of the ABC to add a weight class category as a required field. (Authority - Rule 240 & 281)


    5. Weight Class restrictions for fighters who miss weight more than once. A fighter who misses weight more than once may be required to compete in a higher weight class until a physician certifies the weight is appropriate and is approved by the Commission for competition in the weight class. (Authority- Rule 283 & 298)


    6. Continue early weigh-ins to allow maximum time for rehydration and mental preparation for the combat sports competition. (Authority - Rule 297)


    7. A second weight check the day of the event to ensure fighters have not gained more than 10% of their body weight back in the 30 hours between the official weigh in and the event. Fighters who gain so much weight between weigh in and the fight may be recommended to move to the next weight class for future bouts as directed by the ringside physician. (Authority Rule 285)


    8. Checks for Dehydration by specific gravity and/or physical by Ringside Physicians at both the official weigh in and the second day weight check. (Authority - Rule 281 & 299)


    9. A recommendation of a 30-day and 10-day weight check for advertised high level title fights. The WBC has success with this approach in boxing, and it provides for safe benchmarks. While this "weight check" could be manipulated because a Commission inspector is not always available to supervise this, we can do it by Skype or other electronic means. While not perfect, this is simply a way for the Commission physicians to keep track of the fighter's progress to the intended weight class. (Authority - Rule 285)


    10. Matchmaker, Promoter, Trainer, and Athlete examination and Education regarding weight cutting and dehydration as it relates to offering, accepting, and contracting of bouts. (Authority - Rule 217)



    RECOMMENDATION

    I have determined this issue to be one of the Commission's primary health and safety concerns and recommend the approval of these measures to prevent athletes from using severe dehydration as a method to make the contracted bout weight at events regulated in California. I further recommend that the Commission consider immediate implementation of this plan with a six-month review period, during which time the Commission can invite stakeholder feedback and revise the plan where appropriate.











    original report -
    https://docs.google.com/viewerng/vi...oads/chorus_asset/file/8528749/csacplan.0.pdf
     
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  2. EndlessCritic

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    i love how idiots think that more weight classes will result in less weight cutting.
     
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    Yooo who the fuck wants to read all the bullshit?
     
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  5. LongDongSilver

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    5,7,8,9 seem very important
     
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    A big fuck you to more weight classes. Have you seen the talent pool?
     
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    I agree .. But it's just a suggestion for weight cutting .. Not even considering that point


    spread each class 15lbs apart and start at 130lbs ..
     
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    Ban weight cutting by dehydration.

    Have hydration test at the weigh ins. If they aren't hydrated they can't weigh in

    It's as simple as that. ONE championship havr been doing it for years.
     
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    early weigh-ins were a failure. people fail the weight cut way more than when it was the night weigh-ins. they need to end early weigh-ins. also TLDR

    it will result in less people missing weight, and that's what matters

    I doubt with 165 175 guys like till, kevin lee and gastelum miss weight
     
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    But if there's a 165 class, there will be a number of fighters who currently compete at 170, but cannot make 155, who will move to 165. Ergo, you've created more weight cutting.
     
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    When Floyd Mayweather Junior came in over weight against Juan Manuel Marquez, he paid his ass and that was the end of it.

    Mayweather paid Marquez 600 grand for coming into pounds overweight http://www.espn.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=4485941

    Nobody even talks about it because who cares? Why is this such a big deal in MMA.

    At the end of the day, I just want someone to suffer irreparable physical harm I don’t care about their weight.
     
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    It sucks when the great suggestions are ignored for the weak one. Might want to revise and remove the more weight class suggestion. Sometimes less is more.
     
  14. LongDongSilver

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    it makes it 1000 times harder to even consider new weight classes when you look at how the divisions are stacked now .. plus it gets people pretty worked up to think they might delete 170 class or even have two classes surrounding it by only 5 pounds ..



    we have 8 divisions for men right now ..and they are unevenly spread out ..

    130, 145, 160, 175, 190, 205, 265 = 7 divisions

    135, 150, 165, 180, 195, 215, 265 = 7 divisions

    or

    125. 140, 155, 170, 185, 200, 215, 265 = 8 divisions
     
  15. Fraz

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    Might be the most shallow talent pool of all sports
     
  16. HaikenEdge

    HaikenEdge Rationality will win the day.

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    Or they can just adopt the One FC weight rules, where the fighter's weight is tracked all throughout camp.
     
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    Cliffs? cause TL;DR.
     
  18. Toco

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    yeah, guys that are probably undersized at 170, like RDA, kevin lee, masvidal, vick. and some others. these guys have problem cutting to 155, so the go to 170 or they keep missing weight at 155 or just struggling really hard to make weight. at 165 they're not undersized and the cut is way easier
     

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