UFC set to be revolutionised by rule change

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The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) could be set to rock the MMA world with a change towards same day weigh-ins.

Weight cutting has been another major topic, alongside the likes of performance enhancing drugs, that has caused a stir in the state.

UFC 177 took place from Sacramento and the weigh-in saw former UFC Bantamweight champ, Renan Barao and former Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler, Henry Cejudo both had to pull out of their fights following weigh-in problems.

And now, the commission is looking to act.

Fighter safety set to upset the status quo

“What we have right now is not working” stated Andy Foster, the Executive Director of The California State Athletic Commission, during last week’s edition of UFC Central Radio.

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“What really got me into a panic, so to speak, was after the UFC (177) here in Sacramento, the day of the weigh-in. We have two of our fighters unable to weigh in, or licensees, because they've lost too much weight.”

That panic has resulted in the commission looking towards solutions like same day testing that would leave many fighters in weight limbo.

Not many fighters natural weight matches the division they fight in and most make it into their divisions by a pound or two under the max weight.

With the new tests, fighters could be forced to have a 'minimum weight', which would restrict their movement up and down divisions and may force them to take a step up.

Long term solution to a growing problem

UFC referee, and one of the main MMA regulators, 'Big' John McCarthy chimed in, in support of the move.

“As a regulator, we have got to look at what is best for the fighters, because we have learned a lot over time about what dehydration does, as far as traumatic brain injury."

It's certainly something that would upset the apple cart in MMA, and the UFC itself has faced many questions over what a fighter's actual weight is come fight night.

Most fight fans will know that after a weigh-in, fighters will drastically look to rehydrate their bodies following weigh-in and are often well over their advertised weight coming into a bout.

That's another issue that this rule change would look to combat, so that fighters like Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson can't massively fluctuate their division.

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