wiggum - It's not cheating, since everybody has the opportunity to do it.
Moreover, as the careers of people like Frankie Edgar, Daniel Cormier, and Bobby Knuckles have shown, it's not necessarily an advantage.
“It's not cheating, since everybody has the opportunity to do it.”
How is that at all logical? Well, everyone has an opportunity to do steroids, so that’s not cheating. That settles everything I guess...
Because steroids are prohibited. And fighters are tested for them. Therefore, people constricted by integrity and/or fear don't take (or really have) the opportunity.
Weight cutting has an opportunity: be big for your weight class.
Weight cutting has a cost: worse training camps, less energy, higher chance of getting KOd.
People make their decisions based on this calculation.
It would only be cheating if the hydration testing was brought in and people gamed that system.