It’s hard to find anything feeling worse than seeing Demetrious Johnson’s potential history making fight being cancelled just two days before the bout. The UFC flyweight champion was slated to break the all time UFC record for most title defences. Johnson is currently tied with MMA legend Anderson Silva at a record 10 title defences, a tally that he will remain on after the late cancellation of what would’ve been his 11th defence.
Johnson’s skills surpass all his opponents. He somehow manages to improve every time he steps into the Octagon.
His trainer Matt Hume responded to the situation on Facebook, saying:
We are beyond disappointed that we won’t be able to accomplish the goal this Saturday, but the end result is inevitable. We will refocus and show the world the greatest Mixed Martial Artist that ever existed.
Weight cutting issues affect fights way too often
Ray Borg was deemed with an illness the entirety of the week leading up to this Saturday’s UFC 215. His nutritionist released a statement on social media that the illness is not related to weight cutting, without going into detail on what is the actual problem. It’s just speculation, but this has happened too many times now. This is certainly related to the last preparations for the fight and the obvious accused cause will be his nutrition for the weight cut.
Fighters are stubborn. Training heavy and cutting 10, 15 or 20 pounds in the last week is very common and is done with a purpose. Once you drastically cut that much weight from one’s body, the fighters feel like they have the superhuman ability come fight night. For obvious reasons, this is very unhealthy and costly for the fighters and the company. UFC is expected to do refunds for pay-per-view orders and tickets. It also makes the sport look bad.
As long as fighters have to make a maximum weight the day before their respective bouts, most will keep going down in weight classes. Here’s how to make weight cutting more interesting.
A new regulation
The UFC could make a regulation that forces all fighters who are signed to a contract to be assigned a qualified nutritionist at the UFC’s performance institute in Las Vegas. Since USADA tests fighters four months prior to fights for performance enhancement drugs, four months would make sense as well for fighters to meet the assigned weight for their expected bout. Their nutrition will be supervised and assigned by the expert nutritionists provided at the performance institute. This way, everyone does the same fair weight cut, and it’s going to be healthy. If a fighter can’t make the weight in time, it will be known far enough in advance. This will give enough time for the UFC to find a replacement opponent or they will be able to cancel a bout more respectfully.
To all the fighters and coaches out there, if you have a proposed weight cutting method and it’s better than what the UFC has at the moment, share this article and write about it. Fighters and training staff have to voice their opinions on this manner as it has become a serious and often occurring problem over the years.
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