Sonnen’s solution for failed weight cuts

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

UFC flyweight Mackenzie Dern has missed weight for three of her seven fights, most recently at UFC 224 when she missed the strawweight limit by seven pounds. The mediagenic Dern is now the poster child for failed weight cuts.

She recently debuted in the league’s rankings at #15:
Champion : Rose Namajunas
1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
2. Jessica Andrade
3. Claudia Gadelha
4. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
5. Tecia Torres
6. Carla Esparza
7. Michelle Waterson
8. Felice Herrig
9. Alexa Grasso
10. Cortney Casey
11. Randa Markos
12. Tatiana Suarez
13. Joanne Calderwood
14. Nina Ansaroff
15. Mackenzie Dern

During a recent podcast, Bellator’s Chael Sonnen posed a reasonable question.

“Do you make somebody a contender in a weight class that’s a weight class that they don’t make?” he asked, as transcribed by Iva Djokovic for BJJee. “You’re a 125 pounder; we know for sure you aren’t a 115-pounder, we know that’s been proved apparently time and time again.”

Sonnen also has a solution.

“What needs to be done?” asked Sonnen. “My solution is, ‘You’re done. You’re not fighting. Go home. You’re cut. You’re released.’ However extreme you wanted to get with it – ‘You broke the deal, you cheated, you lied on the contract, and we’re not using you.’

“I agree that with the plethora of people in MMA that miss weight, sometimes two and three people a night, that that is a significant problem. Also argue, as an experiment, we could run shockwaves through this sport, by yanking one guy, one cheater, one violator. Don’t just take his money, up it to a disqualification, pay to the other person, and I don’ think you would have that problem for another two or three years, before someone needed to be reminded again.

“Now that would be an experiment. I don’t know that we’re right. I trust that we are. Maybe that’s the gamble that somebody needs to take. … I really do appreciate that Dominick [Cruz] called it out. It really is cheating. That’s what it is, man – you cheated.

“There is a signed, written rule, that comes with a punishment. That’s how we know it’s a rule. If there’s a punishment, then there’s a rule. And you broke it. And it is cheating. Dom called it, it’s cheating. Dom called it the right word.”