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PostSubject: UFC begins new weight in policy at UFC 200   Fri May 13, 2016 12:24 pm

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The days of fighters cutting enormous amounts of weight prior to weigh-ins will soon be a thing of the past. The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be implementing a new weight cutting policy starting at UFC 200 fight week in July.

Under the new guidelines, fighters must check in during fight week, which is typically Tuesday for a Saturday event, within 8 percent of their target weight. Fighters that check in above the 8 percent threshold will be subject to daily monitoring of their weight and vitals and will be required to attend weight management counseling before their next fight.
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PostSubject: Re: UFC begins new weight in policy at UFC 200   Fri May 13, 2016 12:26 pm

Nice to see the UFC moving to greater fighter safety. I've never been a fan of weight cutting (maybe 5 pounds to make the cut) but seeing guys on TUF trying to make weight by wearing full body plastic bags while riding a stationary bike in a sauna..... cant be healthy.
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PostSubject: Re: UFC begins new weight in policy at UFC 200   Fri May 13, 2016 12:30 pm

I think this becomes difficult to enforce for an international sport.
If all the fighters were US residents, I think it would be logistically feasible to have similar weight policies as wrestling has. Wrestlers are constantly being evaluated for weight, and you very rarely see guys missing weight.

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