CSAC Recommends Moraes Move Up in Weight

Ranked UFC bantamweight contender Marlon Moraes has been named as one of four fighters the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) recommends move up a weight class following the UFC Fight Night held in Fresno earlier this month.

Ever since UFC 214 back in July, the CSAC has implemented new weight-cutting procedures. For any events held in the state, an MMA fighter must be within 10 percent of his/her target weight 30 days prior to the day of the event. And after the traditional weigh-in day, fighters must weigh in again on the day of the fight. If the fighter weighs more than 10 percent above their weight class that day, the commission will recommend him/her to change weight divisions.

This is what happened to Moraes and three others flagged by the CSAC — Iuri Alcantara, Davi Ramos, and Luke Sanders. Moraes weighed in at 135.4 pounds but weighed 155 on fight day — a difference of 14.5 percent weight gained back. Alcantara and Sanders both gained back 14 percent between the weigh-in and fight day, with both men going from 135 to 154. Ramos gained 15 percent of his weight back, weighing 155 pounds at the weigh-in and 179 pounds on fight day.

The CSAC will now not license the four fighters at their current weight classes “without extensive medical documentation from a licensed physician certifying the weight class is appropriate and verified by CSAC physicians.”

It is unknown if other state commissions will honor the CSAC’s requests.

Moraes, the former WSOF Bantamweight Champion who is currently ranked No. 5 in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, provided a highlight-reel knockout in a win over Aljamain Sterling back at the Dec. 9 event. If the commissions honor the CSAC’s request for Moraes to move to featherweight, it may prove damaging to Moraes, who is now 2-1 in the UFC and just established himself as a possible top contender to UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw.

Moraes has not missed weight once in his professional career. It’s also worth noting Moraes took the bout with Sterling on just three weeks’ notice.

This is also not the first time this year California has recommended noteworthy fighters change weight classes. The commission recommended Drew Dober move from lightweight to welterweight after Dober weighed 18 percent above 155 on fight day, and it said Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Yana Kunitskaya should move to featherweight after she came into fight day 15 percent above her division. Neither Dober nor Kunitskaya competed again this year.

At the UFC Fresno event, Ramos scored a third-round submission over Chris Gruetzemacher; meanwhile, Alcantara lost to Alejandro Perez by unanimous decision and Sanders lost to Andre Soukhamthath via second-round TKO.

The CSAC also changed the weight class of the Dec. 9 bout between Alex Perez and Carls John de Tomas from flyweight to bantamweight because Tomas was “significantly” over 10 percent above the contracted weight during fight week.

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