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The 10-Point Must (10/2/13)

Though the recent shift in strategy around these parts has been difficult, rest assured the importance of the 5 OZ community hasn’t been forgotten or their plethora of thought-provoking opinions either. From here on out, the 10-Point Must will make a weekly appearance where I’ll give my thoughts on ten topics from the past seven days with hopes the readership will contribute their takes as well in the Comments section. This time around, subjects range from the future of a few fighters to some recently-booked rumbles to the tragic death of Leandro Souza. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)

  • Screenplaya says:

    With the needless death of Leandro Souza, might we know have a discussion about rules changes that would lead to an end to weight-cutting? Please?

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Sadly, it will probably take the death of a more established fighter to really capture the public’s attention.

  • MCM says:

    Agreed with both of you.

    Aggressive weight cuts, like knees and stomps to the head of grounded opponent, are just unnecessary acts that add little to the enjoyment of MMA. Same day weigh-ins are nothing new in wrestling and the argument that we’ll get people cutting more weight and fighting sluggish is simply ridiculous. Rumble (the poster boy for weight cuts) couldn’t keep making weight so he went up several weight classes. Johny Hendrix claims to be 210lb at 5’9″ on fight day as a Welterweight. Mike Tyson ruled the world as a 215lb, 5’10” Heavyweight. Are we really gonna see a difference with fighters fighting guys their same weight?

    But Brendhan is right. Until someone from a major org (read UFC) dies from direct results of weight cutting, there’s not going to be much anyone is going to do about it.

    side note: I like this weekly round up of topics Brendhan. Hopefully it becomes a regular column, witty title too.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Im no pro but I wonder why not stick around the weight during training camp so no heavy cut is rquired. If bj penn wants to make 145 training at 165 is dumb. Train at 150 or lower your whole camp or fight at a better weight. It must suck to have to cut 15 lbs to have size advantige and not be able to compete at your real weight.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I was pretty bummed to see Bisping get hurt also but was pretty happy for this new fight should be pretty easy for Machida and gets him a good solid win at MW, sadly I see Munoz losing to both guys.
    Hope it doesnt take another death to get people moving on some kind of weight cutting restrictions, personally I would love to see the day when all fights were contested at a weight within 5 lbs of the fighters normal weight. think of how all divisions would drastically change if this were the case though, we would have to get a super HW division for a lot of fighters, GSP at MW, Frankie Edgar could fight Demitrius Johnson ( kidding) but I think around 90% of the roster would have to change divisions.

  • MCM says:

    You could still keep HW at 265, but they would probably have to be make LHW 200lbs and add a Cruiser weight at 220lbs. If the weigh ins are 5-6 hours before the official fight, I don’t think most fighters would have an issue with cutting 10-12 lbs and still being able to rehydrate. That means most guys would only be moving up one weight class, if at all. Sure Tibau might have to jump up to MW, but he’d be one of the rare ones.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I was thinking about guys like Brock who weighed in around 290 and cut a ton to get to 265.


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