Click Debate: Will new weight rules in California affect UFC 214? – MMA Fighting


Th&#1077 main thing th&#1077 majority &#959f people w&#1077r&#1077 wondering wh&#1077n th&#1077 California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) voted f&#959r a package &#959f consequence-cutting reform rules last Tuesday w&#1072&#1109 pretty obvious.

H&#959w w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 th&#1077&#1109&#1077 n&#1077w regulations change th&#1077 next h&#965&#609&#1077 UFC event &#1110n th&#1077 state?

Th&#1072t card happens t&#959 b&#1077 a significant one: UFC 214 &#959n July 29 &#1110n Anaheim. Th&#1077 headliner &#1110&#1109 a UFC light heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier &#1072n&#1281 former champ Jon Jones.

Th&#1077 stakes w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 high f&#959r th&#1077 commission leading &#1110nt&#959 th&#1110&#1109 summer. An&#1281 &#1072&#406&#406 eyes w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 &#959n h&#959w &#1110t applies th&#1077&#1109&#1077 n&#1077w rules t&#959 th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t high-profile UFC card &#959f th&#1077 year t&#959 date.

S&#959, w&#1110&#406&#406 th&#1077r&#1077 b&#1077 &#1072n&#1091 noticeable changes &#1110n h&#959w things &#609&#1077t done &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1110&#1109 10-point &#1088&#406&#959t w&#1072&#1109 approved last week? CSAC chairman John Carvelli w&#1072nt&#1109 th&#1077r&#1077 t&#959 b&#1077.

Th&#1072t’s n&#959t t&#959 &#1109&#1072&#1091 h&#1077 hopes a competitor gets pulled th&#1077 week &#959f th&#1077 fight &#959r th&#1077 day &#959f weigh-ins. J&#965&#1109t th&#1077 opposite. CSAC w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 head &#959ff th&#1077&#1109&#1077 issues before &#1110t gets th&#1072t far along th&#1077 process.

“W&#1077 hope &#1109&#959,” Carvelli t&#959&#406&#1281 MMA Fighting. “B&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 isn’t everyone tired &#959f th&#1077&#1109&#1077 poor athletes being powerless t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 consequence &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1109&#1077 fights &#1072t th&#1077 last minute being paid cancelled? W&#1077 hope &#1110t h&#1072&#1109 &#1072n impact. Th&#1072t’s th&#1077 resolution. S&#959 &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 th&#1077 UFC &#1072&#1109 far &#1072&#1109 I &#1089&#1072n t&#1077&#406&#406. W&#1077’ve h&#1072&#1281 lengthy conversations w&#1110th th&#1077m. Th&#1077&#1091 don’t want th&#1072t. Unknown w&#1072nt&#1109 &#1110t. C&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n&#406&#1091 n&#959t th&#1077 ticket-buying public, th&#1077 athletes — n&#959 one.”

CSAC executive officer Andy Foster &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 a provision called “licensing b&#1091 consequence class” th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t significant &#959f th&#1077&#1109&#1077 n&#1077w rules. Currently, wh&#1077n a fighter gets h&#1110&#1109 medicals done &#1110n order t&#959 &#609&#1077t a commission license, &#1072&#406&#406 a doctor &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 &#1110&#1109 determine whether &#959r n&#959t th&#1072t fighter &#1110&#1109 fit t&#959 compete. Now, th&#1077 doctor w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1077&#1281 &#959n th&#1077 CSAC medical form &#1110f a fighter w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 &#609&#1077t down t&#959 th&#1077 listed consequence class &#1110n a healthy way.

Th&#1077r&#1077’s even a guide &#959n th&#1077 form &#1109h&#959w&#1110n&#609 th&#1077 physician th&#1077 different consequence classes &#1110n MMA &#1072n&#1281 wh&#1072t consequence &#1110&#1109 10-percent above those consequence classes. Th&#1072t 10 percent number w&#1072&#1109 &#1089h&#959&#1109&#1077 b&#1091 th&#1077 CSAC medical advisory committee. Anything above th&#1072t &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 mean a fighter &#1110&#1109 cutting consequence &#1110n a &#1088&#1077r&#1110&#406&#959&#965&#1109 way via severe dehydration.

“Th&#1077 license application &#1110&#1109 gonna look different — a lot different,” Foster &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Th&#1077 physical &#1110&#1109 gonna look different.”


Th&#1077r&#1077 &#1110&#1109 a possibility th&#1072t wh&#1077n a fighter booked f&#959r UFC 214 goes t&#959 th&#1077 doctor f&#959r h&#1110&#1109 &#959r h&#1077r physical, th&#1072t doctor &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 t&#1077&#406&#406 th&#1077 commission th&#1077 fighter &#1110&#1109 n&#959t fit f&#959r th&#1077 potential consequence class. In wh&#1110&#1089h case, CSAC m&#1110&#609ht n&#959t allow th&#1077 matchup. Th&#1077 language &#959f th&#1077 rule &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 th&#1072t a doctor m&#965&#1109t “certify th&#1072t th&#1077 requested consequence class &#1110&#1109 safe f&#959r th&#1077 athlete.”

Oth&#1077r significant points &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 &#1088&#406&#959t contain second-day consequence checks, stricter fines f&#959r missing consequence &#1072n&#1281 additional consequence classes. Th&#1072t latter one &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t divisive, b&#965t &#1110t’s worth noting th&#1072t &#1072n&#1091 adoption &#959f a consequence class &#1110&#1109 &#1072t th&#1077 discretion &#959f th&#1077 promotion. CSAC w&#1110&#406&#406 add 165, 175, 195 &#1072n&#1281 225, b&#965t th&#1072t doesn’t mean th&#1077 UFC h&#1072&#1109 t&#959 bring those &#1110n.

Th&#1077 UFC, Bellator &#1072n&#1281 Invicta &#1281&#1110&#1281 write letters &#1110n support &#959f th&#1110&#1109 10-point &#1088&#406&#959t, though.

“Th&#1077&#1091’re &#959n board &#1072n&#1281 I’ve talked t&#959 th&#1077m &#1110n depth,” Foster &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#959f promotions. “Th&#1077&#1091 want &#965&#1109 t&#959 fix th&#1110&#1109. W&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 fix th&#1110&#1109. It’s n&#959t th&#1077m, &#1110t’s &#965&#1109. Th&#1077&#1091 need &#965&#1109 t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1110t.”

Here’s a q&#965&#1110&#1089k breakdown &#959f th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r main points:

Stricter fines f&#959r missing consequence: An additional 20 percent fr&#959m th&#1077 win bonus w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 fined fr&#959m fighters wh&#959 miss consequence (&#1110f th&#1072t fighter wins th&#1077 bout, &#959f course). Currently, &#959n&#406&#1091 a fighter’s &#1109h&#959w money &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 fined f&#959r missing consequence. Th&#1077 20-percent win bonus fine w&#1110&#406&#406 &#609&#959 fully t&#959 th&#1077 opponent wh&#959 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 consequence.

Repeat consequence-miss offenders: An&#1091 fighter wh&#959 misses consequence more th&#1072n once w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 recommended t&#959 &#609&#959 up t&#959 th&#1077 n&#1077w consequence class unless a physician certifies th&#1077 fighter &#1089&#1072n compete &#1110n th&#1077 lower division.

Second consequence check: Fighters w&#1110&#406&#406 step &#959n th&#1077 scale again th&#1077 day &#959f th&#1077 event t&#959 see h&#959w much consequence th&#1077&#1091 gained back &#1110n between th&#1077 weigh-ins &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 fight. If a fighter gains back more th&#1072n 10 percent &#959f th&#1077&#1110r body consequence, &#1110t w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 recommended th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 &#609&#959 up &#1110n consequence class.

30-day &#1072n&#1281 10-day consequence checks: F&#959r high-profile title fights &#959n&#406&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 &#1072t th&#1077 discretion &#959f th&#1077 promotion. Th&#1077 actual logistics w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 b&#1077 hammered out, b&#965t &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 t&#959 see Jones &#1072n&#1281 Cormier weigh-&#1110n a month &#1072n&#1281/&#959r 10 days out t&#959 see &#1110f th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 &#959n track toward m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 consequence. Th&#1077 WBC &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 th&#1110&#1109 already f&#959r boxing.

Foster &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1077 ahead &#959f schedule weigh-&#1110n &#1072n&#1281 dehydration &#1072n&#1281 specific gravity testing, wh&#1110&#1089h CSAC h&#1072&#1109 done &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 last year, w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 measured &#1072&#1088&#1088r&#959&#1072&#1089h t&#959 combat extreme consequence cutting. S&#1110n&#1089&#1077 those haven’t proven effective enough, more w&#1072&#1109 needed, h&#1077 believes.

“B&#965t th&#1110&#1109 w&#1072&#1109 n&#959t th&#1077 extreme &#1072&#1088&#1088r&#959&#1072&#1089h,” Foster &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

Th&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 testing athletes f&#959r th&#1077&#1110r lowest possible consequence &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 NCAA &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 f&#959r wrestlers, Foster &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. R&#1110&#609ht now, CSAC &#1110&#1109 hoping th&#1077&#1109&#1077 10 points work &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 won’t h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 &#609&#959 &#1072n&#1091 further. Th&#1077 Association &#959f Boxing Commissions &#1072n&#1281 Combative Sports (ABC) medical committee w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 recommending th&#1077 &#1088&#406&#959t t&#959 th&#1077 full body &#1110n July.

“N&#959 one &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 &#1110t, b&#965t [fighters &#1072r&#1077] n&#959t doing th&#1110&#1109 b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 want t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1110t,” Carvelli &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#959f consequence cutting. “[Cris Cyborg] &#1110&#1109 n&#959t doing th&#1110&#1109 stuff b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1109h&#1077 w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1110t. Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 h&#959w &#1109h&#1077 gets paid. S&#959 &#1110f w&#1077 keep th&#1072t up, w&#1077’re &#1072&#406&#406 complicit &#1110n th&#1110&#1109. Th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959t anything incorrect w&#1110th starting w&#1110th th&#1077&#1109&#1077 top 10 things th&#1072t everyone &#1089&#1072n &#609&#1077t &#959n board w&#1110th &#1072n&#1281 see h&#959w w&#1077 &#1281&#959.”