Extreme weight-cutting is one of the biggest problems in MMA at present. Not only is it incredibly dangerous, but it also frequently derails fight cards, as fighters often miss their marks and can’t compete at their contracted weights. Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre thinks he knows how to fix this problem.
His ideal solution? What Chael Sonnen said.
“[Sonnen] proposed to do a weigh-in the day of the fight,” St-Pierre said during a recent press conference in Australia (transcript via MMAjunkie). “So what he proposes, basically – we have weigh-in the night before the fight, like we normally do. But now, because the weigh-in is in the morning, people say, ‘Oh, I have more time to recuperate,’ so they try to cut more weight.
“And it’s sad to say, but sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to wait [for] someone [to] die out there to change things?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous. So what Chael’s proposed is very smart.”
“If you make a weigh-in the day of the event, a lot of guys will lose weight, but they won’t lose in terms of [dehydration] weight,” Georges St-Pierre continued. “You know that if you go in to compete the same day you can’t dehydrate yourself. If you weigh in an hour before your competition. That’s what they used to do in amateur wrestling in the United States and you know how many people miss weight? Zero. So, now, it’s very weird that in a professional sport, in a professional organization, at the highest level, that people miss weight.
“I think they need to change not the individual, they need to change the system. I think the system can be made better. I’m not saying that Chael’s proposition is the best. But I think it’s the best that we know of right now. I think it would be the best solution.”
Do you agree with Georges St-Pierre on this one?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/14/2018.