ABC medical committee to recommend weight cutting reforms

Monday, April 03, 2017

California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive director Andy Foster crafted a 10-point plan to combat the culture of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts.

Now the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) Medical Committee has voted unanimously to recommend the 10-point plan to the full ABC body at the annual conference, which will be held this year from July 22-26 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

“Weight cutting is a big deal,” said Association of Ringside Physicians (ARP) president and ABC medical committee member Dr. Larry Lovelace to Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “We’ve seen deaths and near deaths with people cutting too much weight.”

“I didn’t have anything to do with formulating this 10-point plan, but I read it and kind of dissected it and I think it’s pretty genius. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close to perfect. I think it’s gonna create a safe environment for the fighters and ultimately that’s what it’s all about.”

“If a guy doesn’t make weight, he’s not automatically disqualified. He’s just going to have to move up a weight class for the next time, for the next show. It’s not too strict; it’s not gonna be a promotion buster or anything like that. But at the same time, it does add quite a good element of safety to the risk of the weight cutting.”

If the 10-point plan is passed by the ABC, it will be up to reach individual athletic commission to enact the changes. While it will not necessarily be uniform and immediate, the sport will finally be heading in a rational direction with regard to weight cutting.