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10-31-2007, 02:07 PM
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| | EliteXC to implement new weight classes
EliteXC to implement new weight classes |
By MMAFighting.com on October 31, 2007
EliteXC President Gary Shaw announced today that the promotion will implement new weight classes to improve the safety of its competitors.
“I am very concerned in the mixed martial arts world of this drastic cutting of weight,” said Shaw. “Fighters can fit better in these weight classes and fight for world titles without endangering their health.”
EliteXC will remove the 155-pound weight class and add 140, 150 and 160-pound divisions. The company's weight classes are now: 140, 150, 160, 170, 185, 205, 265 and 265+ pounds.
Champions will be crowned in each weight class. Robbie Lawler is currently the sole EliteXC champion at middleweight. The champion of the 160-pound class, EliteXC's “lightweight” division, will be crowned November 10 between Nick Diaz and KJ Noons.
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10-31-2007, 02:30 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Originally Posted by Noob
Eh. I'm not against the idea of improving fighter safety, but I kind of see this as fixing something that isn't necessarily broken.
I would be open to hearing someone's argument about why this would be a good and necessary thing, but my initial response to this is that it's kind of silly.
Playing Devils Advocate here.
I don't agree or disagree with them, I personally don't care one way of the other. I think they may be changing the classes around to make it easier for the general public or casual viewer to remember. It may also be to help with cutting weight. While I agree it's part of the game and probably not that big of a deal, if you're a smaller guy, like 155 and you need to cut to 140, that 15lbs is about 10% of your body weight and takes a larger toll on your health. A 220 guy cutting 15lbs isn't nearly as tough as a a guy at 155 obviously.
Not saying one way or the other, just like playing devils advocate.
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