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MMA rules just got a little better / worse

The Association of Boxing Commissions got together in Montreal for a rules meeting and a poutine, and we now have good news! Good news #1 is that poutine is delicious! Perhaps a little TOO delicious … mmm. Good news #2 is that the ‘back of the head’ rule has been rescued from idiocy:

McCarthy, who presented the revisions to ABC members with Kliparchuk and Lembo, told the group that the “Mohawk” definition had always been the intended interpretation of the rule since its 2001 inception and had never been the cause of serious injury during the sport’s tenure. McCarthy urged that altering the definition to include the entire back area would alter the mechanics of the sport.

McCarthy described the scenario in which one fighter can take another’s back, but would no longer be able to punch his opponent from that position.

“If you start doing things to try and make boxing fit within MMA, you start to allow the rules to control a position so the fighter can actually go to that position because they realize they can not be attacked there. The opponent who had dominance over me now doesn’t have the ability to do much to me,” said McCarthy.

So now we’re back to the ‘mohawk’ standard. As well, the retarded ‘downward elbows’ rule has been abolished and foul procedures were cleaned up. But it wasn’t all high fives and positive changes. For some reason (and without any discussion), the weight classes for MMA were changed. Dumbest modifications are in bold:

The fourteen weight classes include: flyweight (up to 105 lbs), super flyweight (over 105.1 to 115 lbs), bantamweight (over 115.1 to 125 lbs), super bantamweight (over 125.1 to 135 lbs), featherweight (over 135.1 to 145 lbs), lightweight (over 145.1 to 155 lbs), super lightweight (over 155.1 to 165 lbs), welterweight (over 165.1 to 175 lbs), super welterweight (over 175.1 to 185 lbs), middleweight (over 185.1 to 195 lbs), super middleweight (over 195.1 to 205 lbs), light heavyweight (over 205.1 to 225 lbs), heavyweight (over 225.1 to 265 lbs), and super heavyweight (over 265.1 lbs).

As well, just because the Association of Boxing Commissions has agreed on these rule tweaks doesn’t mean they go into effect immediately. Now it’s up for each individual athletic commission to pass the revised unified rules into effect. It’s worth noting that two important commissions didn’t even bother to show up for the meeting … the California and Nevada State Athletic Commissions. Let’s hope this isn’t an indication that they plan to continue ‘interpreting’ the back of the head rules however they feel like.

  • Lifer says:

    “Let’s hope this isn’t an indication that they plan to continue ‘interpreting’ the back of the head rules however they feel like.”

    …and letting their refs decide for themselves how to interpret the rules as they see fit and possibly changing this interpretation from event to event.

  • DannyP72 says:

    I hope to god that NSAC and CSAC don’t pass these rules because holy shit those weight classes are retarded. Why the hell would you split up heavyweight into 2 weight classes when there’s not enough talent to fill up 1 weight class

  • pauli says:

    better weight classes:

    also, 225lbs is properly refered to as “lazyweight.”

  • machinegunfunk says:

    ha DannyP72 has a point with heavyweight i dont like the retarded wieght classes its gonna turn into boxing situation where theres too many divisions and too many champs

  • pauli says:

    in the ufc weight range, this adds three divisions. that’s not too many. the downsides:

    a: we won’t see 145 for a long time.
    b: it guts heavyweight. but i don’t care, because they’re all fatties anyway.

  • Good thing is that promotions don’t have to agree to the weight classes – they can keep the existing ones.

  • Lifer says:

    big john says ““If you start doing things to try and make boxing fit within MMA,” etc.

    aren’t these weight classes boxing weight classes..? I am all for safety for fighters by instituting SAME DAY WEIGH-INS but this change is kind of ridiculous. i’ve always been opposed to the water/weight cutting methods used because of the bodily damage that occurs when you do that too often.

  • pauli says:

    no, these aren’t boxing weight classes. boxing:

  • Dr. Gonzo says:

    Same day weigh ins will get you killed. I professionally box and I have seen guys still cut weight and weigh in on the same day and use a 3-4 hour period to try to rehydrate their bodies. Some guys go as bold as 15 pounds which is ridiculous for a same day fight. The body needs water. You do not need a dehydrated man taking shots to the head.

  • Too many weight classes is gonna lead to so many champs no one, casual to moderate fans, will remember who’s who. I like adding a weight class between 185 and 205 and 225 could make it easier on guys the size of Randy or Cro Cop.

  • Ross says:

    225 is an abysmal addition. Other than Sylvia any of the best heavyweights could make 225 anyway.

    I hope the promotions ignore these changes for the most part. I could live with another weight class in the UFC but seven would be pushing it. The benefit of additional title fights is easily countered by the loss of great undercard fights due to diluting the talent pool in each division.

  • Lifer says:

    i meant same idea as boxing, not exactly the same as boxing. it makes it more ‘boxing like’ which is what big john seems to be discrediting.

    well that sucks if people are stupid enough to try to cut weight same day. i guess you cant ban weight-cutting by dehydration. i wonder what else they could do to make it safer?

  • Dr. Gonzo says:

    Weigh ins the day before is the safest way. It gives your body enough time to rest and rehydrate. I know almost every boxer cuts a little bit of weight on same day weigh ins and some cut a lot. It is really up to the camp. They need to be the ones to regulate how much they cut for the safety of their own fighter. A fighter will do what he needs to get an edge

  • If the ufc doesnt follow these rules than they’re not following mma unified rules that they supposedly created.

  • I think the weight classes are fine the way they were. Having that many weight classes means you’ve got half the fighters competing in multiple weight classes, which is bogus.

  • Lifer says:

    despite you being a doctor on the internet, cutting 15+ lbs. of water and dehydrating yourself like that is murderous on your kidneys. repeat exposure to that kind of stress is terrible for your body.

  • Tertio says:

    I am sofa king puzzled by these new weight classes…Who pushed for these ? when was that ever an issue other than with Elite XC and their fucking weight class made especially created for Diaz and Carano ?

  • tertio says:

    i wish we could edit our posts. made especially created…nice

  • (with the voice of Nick Diaz)
    fuck those rules and weight classes, i just want a WAR!!

    Vale Tudo, No fucking rules, , no fucking time limits, No fucking rounds

    And Gi! is the best way to see who is the toughest!!!

    but i will make weight 169 at EliteXC`s special “Diazweight 160 lbs” of course!

    Whats wrong with it, i will pay my 12% of purse to my poor opponent to buy advantages, damnit !!!

  • Nachtfalter says:

    If the UFC were to introduce those stupid weight classes (which they supposedly aren’t), Anderson Silva could hold four or even five belts at the same time. Pretty scary…