How will UFC 199 fighters be affected by new CSAC weight-cutting rules?

April 28, 2016 10:31 am by Russell Ess
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UFC 199 takes place on June 4th at The Forum in Los Angeles with two title fights taking place as Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman fight in their immediate rematch and Dominick Cruz defends his belt against Urijah Faber in their career rubber match. UFC Hall of Fame legend BJ Penn also makes his return to the Octagon against Dennis Siver in a featherweight bout.

The UFC returns to the state of California for their first event since the California State Athletic Commission has enforced newly placed rules to combat dangerous weight cutting and dehydration.

The UFC stated that fighters can expect the following regarding weight cutting and dehydration for UFC 199:

– Commission will allow fighters to make weight at hotel on Friday morning. Scales will be open for several hours in the morning at the UFC host hotel. Fighters can choose a time during that window where they can weigh in before Commission. Fighters can immediately go back to their rooms to begin eating and drinking after making weight. UFC will still host a televised Friday afternoon weigh-in and face-off, but will announce weight made that morning at hotel.

– Specific attention will be paid by Commission doctors during Friday pre-fight physicals and morning weigh-ins for signs of SEVERE dehydration (e.g. high resting heart rate, low blood pressure, stressed appearance). If a fighter is displaying signs/symptoms of SEVERE dehydration at the morning weigh-in/physicals, the Commission will closely examine/evaluate the fighter and possibly remove that fighter from the card if they determine that they are SEVERELY dehydrated.

– A urine test, measuring specific gravity, will be done on all fighters the night of competition in order to ensure that all fighters are hydrated before their fight. If a fighter’s urine does not show an appropriate level of hydration, they will be given one hour to consume fluids to hydrate before another test is administered.

Will the new weight-cutting rules have a drastic effect on any of the fighters at UFC 199? Share your thoughts in the comment section on the new CSAC rules.


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