Originally Posted by jlruthven84
Well, they basically set up that tournament for Yamamoto to win it, and pretty much let him pick the weight as well. So that's why it's like that.
actually... they used kg, and not pounds. their weight classes had always been in 10kg/22lb increments. hence: 161, 183, 205...
guess what's 22kg less than 161?
they changed their lw and mw to be more universal, but they didn't change the rest. their ww is still 168, fw is 139, and their hw is open.
i mean... 161 was to favor gomi, 139 to favor kid, 168 to favor aoki. err, sakurai. and open hw to favor zulu. right?
edit: and zuffa bought his contract and then offered him HALF of his contracted amount to fight. hansen stated numerously that he would never fight for them, and said he'd "rather have bleeding hemorrhoids"