Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Andy Foster, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission has created a 10 Point Plan to fix the issue of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts. It works. The ABC medical committee supports it. The ABC has adopted it. The UFC supports it and will continue to adopt further parts of it.

One of the ten points is the introduction of new weight divisions:
165 pounds super lightweight
175 pounds super welterweight
195 pounds super middleweight
225 pounds cruiserweight

While the UFC plans to implement them over some period of time, perhaps a long one, Shooto Brazil under the direction of Andre Pederneiras is all in. In fact, the inaugural super lightweight (165) champion will be crowned at Shooto Brazil 78 on Sunday when Felipe Douglas fights Carlos Silva.

“I only see benefits,” said Pederneiras in a release to Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting. “In addition to athlete’s health concerns and the reduction of weight cutting, we also give more chances for new champions to emerge.

“We hardly have any athletes who don’t fit into any weight class now, and we stop with the catchweights. The more divisions the better, we had no doubts to implement this in Shooto because it certainly is something that only brings good things.”