Despite the little amount of fanfare leading up to the event, “UFC 192” will go down as one of the most historic cards in the company’s history. United State Anti-Doping Agency’s IV-bag ban goes into effect on October 1st and fighters will no longer be able to rehydrate utilizing IV bags. This has already forced several fighters to not only change their approach in dieting, but changing their weight classes as well.
The majority of fighters were furious when they heard the news broke; Many people believe it is unsafe for it to be banned, while several think it will eventually help the sport grow. This is the goal: Gone will be the days where fighters are drawn out and looking like skeletons on the scale during weigh-ins. The idea is that the ban will force fighters to fight closer to their natural weight, creating a more healthy weight cut session days before fight night.
UFC middleweight championship challenger Luke Rockhold is against the ban and actually believes the UFC should administer and supervise IV distribution backstage right after weigh ins. “I think the UFC should take the initiative to administer IVs immediately backstage, and bring everyone to optimal hydration for optimal performance,” Rockhold said during a media lunch. “That’s what you want, right?”
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