Update on UFC’s new approach to weight cutting

The UFC announced earlier in May that they would be adopting new approach to weight cutting starting at #UFC200.

The news rules mean that fighters will have start fight week within 8% of their fight weight.

Jeremy Botter of FloCombat has made it easy for everyone and with the below tweet to show what that means in real numbers;

The promotion also released the following statement to address the changes;

The UFC has introduced a system of data collection and athlete monitoring of weight and vital signs that will enable the organization to create a database to track and analyze information on each fighter.

Fighters must be within eight percent of their official fight weight when they check-in at the beginning of fight week, which usually occurs on a Tuesday night. If fighters check-in more than eight percent overweight, they are subject to daily weight checks and vitals from the UFC and will be required to attend weight management counseling. Their scheduled fights will not be cancelled, however.

The only hard and fast rule in there, and I think it’s probably the most important thing in terms of the guidelines, is that 8 percent number.

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