How would The ONE Championship (ONE) anti-weight cutting policy affect the UFC?

Wednesday December 23, 2015– Following the announcement of ONE FC no longer allowing weight cut by dehydration, I’m left to wonder what the UFC roster would look like if they implemented this new system. How the ONE FC plan to enforce the system will be seen in the new year.

The ONE Championship (ONE) family suffered a tragic loss when Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing passed away on 11 December 2015 due to an acute myocardial infarction. He was 21 years old.

Back in May of 2015 we published an article on why the UFC needs weight cutting standards. To read more about this you can click here and read on what certain fighters had to say about their weight cutting issues. You can also listen to our friends at Loutrition Radio with weight management specialist Lou Giordano and co-host Blake Stephenson. As you may already know, Lou is working with a lot of Top MMA fighters in the likes of Johny Hendricks, Aljamain Sterling and Eddie Gordan just to name a few.

Now, lets assume the UFC inks the deal, and later check each fighters weight at that time, and that would lock them into a certain weight division. It’s yet to be explained how the ONE FC will allow a certain amount of pounds to be dropped during fight camp, or if that weight solidifies their fight weight. So speculating that the UFC fighters would be locked in to fight at the weight they are at upon a booked fight, let’s see how it would shape up for a few of UFC’s top names.

  • Renan Barao- light weight.
  • Conor McGregor- welter weight
  • Jose Aldo- welter weight
  • Frankie Edgar – light weight
  • Nate Diaz- welter weight
  • RDA- middle weight
  • Sage Northcutt- welter weight
  • Robbie Lawler- middle weight
  • Jonny Hendricks- light heavyweight
  • GSP- (should he make a return) middle weight
  • Chris Weidman- light heavyweight
  • Yoel Romero- light heavyweight
  • Jon Jones- heavy weight
  • Daniel Cormier-heavy weight
  • Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey among few other ladies would need a new weight class. (Around 155)

The larger heavy weights would like wise need a super heavyweight division. There are obviously a lot more fighters who would change divisions. Another option would be adding more weight classes to fill the gaps, or catch weight fights.

How do you think this would shape the UFC Rankings “IF” they were forced to fight at a more natural weight? Sound off below!

By: Korey Lane



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