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Bellator 106 Main Event Fighter Eddie Alvarez Pushes Weight Back Up Around 170

Bellator 106 Main Event Fighter Eddie Alvarez Pushes Weight Back Up Around 170

Fear not, as Eddie Alvarez successfully weighed in under the 155-pound limit for his Bellator lightweight title fight with Michael Chandler this evening.

However, if Alvarez were forced to step on the “official” scale again, things would not be good for Bellator 106.

The former champion posted a picture of himself on a scale late Friday, with it reading 168 pounds.

“Time to climb back up baby!!” he wrote on Twitter. “IV’s done time to pick a good spot to eat.”

Alvarez will be looking to re-claim the belt he wore for several years this evening against Chandler, the man who took it from him in 2011.

  • Screenplaya says:

    Who controls the rules regarding weigh-ins? Is it the athletic commissions or the promotions? Whoever it is should seriously look into changing those rules.

    The rules are in place to ensure that fighters fight other fighters of the same size. Why not amend the rules so that that is what actually occurs. As a fight fan, I am not the least bit interested in having fights won by the fighter who cuts weight best. I would prefer that wins go to the better fighter.

    Anyone watching TUF this past week should really consider supporting rules changes that put an end to weight-cutting. And don’t just say it can’t be done. Don’t give up at the first post.

    The weight-cut helps no one. It is likely that it has long-term deleterious effects on fighters, and it makes for size mismatches we don’t need to see.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    The rules are pretty straight forward. Guys have to weigh in X hours/days before competition, and meet the weight limit at the time of the weigh in.

    Other than changing the first part of that equation, making guys weigh in closer to fight time, how would the rules be changed?

  • Richard Stabone says:

    …and if you force guys to weigh in closer to fight time, then they have less time to replenish themselves ahead of competition. Sure it would change things, but it would still be just a slightly modified version of guys/gals pushing the physical limits to gain a competitive advantage.

    In other words, instead of the weight-cutting game that currently climaxes in a 24-hour period, it would be reduced down to a 12-hour (or whatever period). Guys would still cut some weight, it just wouldn’t be as much… but if the smaller weight is being cut within a shorter period of time, is anything really different/safer? Doesn’t seem like it.


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