So often we hear about UFC fighters who are cutting vast amounts of weight to make the cut before fight time. Some fighters walk around anywhere from five to in some cases 20 pounds or more heavier on a daily basis until the time comes to begin training camp. Then they do their best to cut down so they can fight at their designated weight class.
Look at fighters such as Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre and Jon Jones, who seem so dominant in their respective divisions.
One has to ask the question though, would they really be as dominant if they fought closer to their true weight?
Would Jones be as dominant in the heavyweight division? Would Silva be as dominant at light heavyweight or even perhaps heavyweight? Would St-Pierre be as dominant at middleweight?
While St-Pierre may not be the best example of cutting weight, his name seems to be thrown around a lot in regards to moving weight classes.
Often there is talk of one of these men—as well as many other fighters—moving up to the next weight division. Do you believe it is an unfair advantage to those fighters who cut drastic amounts of weight to fight individuals who cannot match their size?
Should the UFC impose a limit on how much weight a fighter is allowed to cut? This would force fighters to compete in a weight division closer to their natural weight. That could end up making for much more balanced, competitive fights.
I think with the exception of Chael Sonnen, nobody has really challenged Silva at middleweight. Nobody has seemed to cause Jones to even break a sweat at light heavyweight, and St-Pierre has been able to coast without having to go for a finish in his last four fights.
What do you think?