Originally Posted by sikk
Something I noticed about the Aoki fight and something I think Aoki means by Japan vs American MMA has to do with cutting weight. Aoki is always that size in all of his fights, I doubt he's ever had to cut weight. Where as Melendez was probably sitting at 165 plus easy that fight. My point is I don't think Aoki has really fought a good fighter that weight cuts so much for fights and I think Japanese MMA doesn't do alot of weight cutting in general.
To me I still don't know why MMA has weigh in's the day before. I'd much rather see weigh in's a few hours max before a fight so the fight is actually an even comparison. Weight divisions are too skewed with how much some fighters cut and it can easily determine the outcome of the fight. I feel it was a big factor in this fight as well.
Does anyone know a reason why weigh in's arn't closer to event times? I could name dozens of big fights that are kinda ruined due to this factor in the sport that I think kinda defeats the purpose of weight classes. Think Lesnar Mir 2 for a great example. It's sad to say but the art of cutting weight hurts the sport and kinda ruins fights that could be great.
They can't do weighins the day of the fight because people would still cut weight and then try to fight dehydrated. This leaves so fluid around the brain and increases brain damage. Also, there is a 1 day window to find a replacement if needed when someone doesn't make weight, but that doesn't happen too much now anyway (they usually just make it catchweight or cancel).