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post Jul 7 2008, 01:35 PM
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The Association of Boxing Commissions has updated the Unified Rules of MMA to include a total of fourteen weight classes for men and ten weight classes for women.


Flyweight (Up to 105 pounds)
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)
Super Heavyweight (Over 265.1 pounds)


Flyweight (95 lbs. and below)
Bantamweight (95.1-105 lbs.)
Featherweight (105.1-115 lbs.)
Lightweight (115.1-125 lbs.)
Welterweight (125.1-135 lbs.)
Middleweight (135.1-145 lbs.)
Light Heavyweight (145.1-155 lbs.)
Cruiserweight (155.1-165 lbs.)
Heavyweight (165.1-185 lbs.)
Super Heavyweight (185.1 and above)

The recent amendments were prepared and submitted by Armando Garcia, Dale Kliparchuk, Nick Lembo, Timothy J. Lueckenhoff and "Big" John McCarthy.
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post Jul 7 2008, 09:44 PM
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I say if it aint broke then dont fix it!
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post Jul 9 2008, 08:08 AM
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QUOTE(3King3 @ Jul 8 2008, 03:44 AM) [snapback]395202[/snapback]
I say if it aint broke then dont fix it!


As much as ppl have to say about Dana as a person, and being difficult and uncompromising.. he was 100% right when he spoke about MMA still being in the growth phase. It is too early to start toying with things like this.

The thing is, the reason they started talking about intermediate and modified weight classes was the issues of fighter's not making weight. Well the fact is, more weight classes doesn't change that. Fighter's always tend to go as low as they can, more weight classes means that there will be more ppl trying to walk around like dried-out raisins trying to make even lower weights (and of course with this there will be those who don't make weight.. arguably becoming MORE frequent than it used to be).

Besides, it gets a bit stupid atm. Sure, I did always think about having a sub-heavyweight class at exactly 225lbs and a class between lightweight and welterweight (for fighter's like Nick Diaz and Diego Sanchez..n even Serra, the smaller welters) however the way they've passed this concept of waaaaay more weight classes and modifying the old ones seems as though it will result in far too many weight classes for MMA's current actual level of growth... we're gonna end up with too many champions for ppl to follow, and arguably many of the champs won't be old-champ level...

They should leave it for now, things are fine as they are atm..! Moving welters up to 175, i like that.. and the super lightweight/light welter (i like that too).. and middleweights at 195, loving that too...- Machida, Wandy etc at MW plz! XD.
However, it's the other weight classes in between... too many of them have been added... that's overstepping the mark.

If a change was to be made, IMO... then it shoulda waited a few years and then been the superlightweight class addition... the increasing of the WW and MW thresholds (175 and 195 are fine) and the addition of a sub-HW class (225 is perfect) <-- this last one can only occur when there is a much deeper talent pool.. there isn't enough for this kinda cruiserweight class atm!

I don't like some of the names though. 225-LHW.. fuckoff.. Should be cruiser! 205 should always stay LHW...
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post Jul 9 2008, 09:26 PM
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They should change nothing. If you are a small welter then tough luck I say. Less weight clases & no super/Jr classes are the go. IMO Boxing should go back to the original 8 as well I think with same day weigh ins.
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