LOS ANGELES -- The California State Athletic Commission has taken a major measure in attempting to combat extreme weight cutting.
CSAC, one of the largest combat sports regulatory bodies in the world, voted Tuesday to pass a rule that would cancel a fight if a competitor weighed more than 15% above the contracted fight weight on the day of the event. The new rule passed by a vote of 5-0 during a meeting at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.
Added language in the regulation passed Tuesday stated that promoters, managers, trainers and matchmakers are responsible for ensuring the combatants comply with the new rule.
The idea behind the rule is that it will deter fighters from cutting a large amount of water via severe dehydration in order to make weight, only to gain it back for competition a day later. It is not uncommon for MMA fighters to gain anywhere from 8% to 18% of their weight back from the weigh-ins to the fight. Extreme weight cutting is not as prominent in boxing.