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Earlier this month, the UFC has adopted a new weight-cutting policy. Beginning at UFC 200, fighters must check-in at the start of fight week within eight percent of their official fight weight.
For those not to good at mental arithmatic, Jeremy Botter of FloCombat has tweeted the new limits that fighters have to reach when they check in for fight week.
Per UFC email to fighters, here are the max fight week check in weights. This could get interesting. pic.twitter.com/q8OtdqCMLL
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) May 20, 2016
The UFC released a report stating : “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,” Jeff Novitzky, the UFC vice president of athlete health and performance, said.Check out our latest podcast episode featuring Desmond Green & Matteo Urella.