UFC Open to New Weight Classes

Last week, the Association of Boxing Commissions adopted four new weight classes with the aim of curbing extreme weight-cutting, and the UFC is getting behind the effort.

Jeff Novitzky, the UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, sent MMAjunkie a statement backing a 10-point plan that includes the new divisions. He also indicated expending the currently promoted divisions is a possibility if the circumstances are right.

“UFC supports the offering of additional weight classes as initially outlined in CSAC’s ’10-point plan’ and now adopted by the ABC,”

The new divisions, which include

  • 165 pounds (super lightweight),
  • 175 pounds (super welterweight),
  • 195 pounds (super middleweight),
  • 225 pounds (cruiserweight),

These new divisions present alternatives for fighters who often cut a large amount of weight to fit into the current divisions. They also reduce the possible weight disparity between combatants in the heaviest classes.

Paired with other measures such as steeper fines for weight misses, dehydration checks and weight limitations on fight day, the 10-point plan is the most aggressive measure to date against excessive weight cutting.

Full Story: MMA Junkie

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