MMA: Understanding Weight-Related Issues

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MMA: Understanding Weight-Related Issues
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There are few more talked about issues in MMA than those relating to weight and weight class.

Consider the last few months and the surrounding narratives that people have developed:

Georges St. Pierre moving up in weight class to fight Anderson Silva. How much bigger is Silva?

Rich Franklin was too small for Forrest Griffin, and should drop down to 185.

Rashad Evans would rather change weight class than fight Jon Jones. Is this a problem?

Fedor Emelianenko was too small for Antonio Silva. Maybe he should drop down to 205.

OR, maybe there should be a cruiserweight division.

BJ Penn says that he's naturally somewhere between the lightweight and welterweight classes.

Anderson Silva has had success in three weight classes over his career. What does that say about his pound-for-pound status?

Fedor Emelianenko questions Alistair Overeem's recent weight gains.


Often times, people will make statements like "Fedor's loss proves that there should be a cruiserweight division," without an understanding of the real issues at stake.

In this article, I'll try to tackle some of the more relevant issues in discussions involving weight and weight class.

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