ErikMagraken - Yep, this
Axel Foley - You are correct. Whether day before, or same day, the requirement should be to make weight while hydrated. I don't see why this can't be feasible.
Strykr619 - Time for day of weigh ins with hydration test. Seems like a day before weigh in with a hydration test is an option. Set a maximum dehydration percentage and have different penalties for percentages over, with financial being first and fights being cancelled if a fighter is deemed dehydrated beyond a medically decided maximum level.
I'm a layman, nobody dude, but that sounds like a common sense solution, which means it probably sucks and is totally lame.
I understand a simple, inexpensive, urine test can be used to effectively measure hydration.
Make weight. Be hydrated while doing so, or don't fight. Safety first.
I would like to hear a compelling argument as to why this is not viable.
Would be great to see mma become pure test of skill rather than who can radically dehydrate and rehydrate the best to achieve a size advantage
Pure test of skill will never happen. You'll always have guys who lift weight for strength advantage or perform insane cardio workouts for an endurance advantage. Best you can hope for would be in the gym, testing to see who is most technically proficient. But who really cares about that, you do ?
or guys with an insane reach advantage, or whatever....
i think the issue is, whether you include "hydration tests" or not, you still need to address the relatively impotent penalties that are currently in place for missing weight. as it is now, 20% is not that big of a threat.....
it might be easier to simply enforce the rules currently in place versus adding more rules, that may or may not have any bite to them....
Sure, there's lots of natural attributes that can be argued are advantageous , but weight seems to be an acceptable indicator
It's not perfect but makes it closer to a test of skills
Whilst it'll never be 100% a test of skill, gaming the weigh in system moves things further away