Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was on the MMA Hour and gave his thoughts on weight cutting issues and what can be done about it.
On if he thinks weight cutting can lead to a fighter’s death.
“I do. Wrestling has seen it happen back in ‘96, ‘97, or something like that, where a few wrestlers died at the college level and they upped the weight classes. If you add more weight classes, it could encourage people to cut less weight, but it also might encourage someone to cut more weight. They’ll say, ‘Oh, I couldn’t make ‘55, but I can make ‘65,’ and they were going ‘70.
“So I don’t know, I think people are always going to look for a way to get an advantage and cutting weight is going to be really tough to get people to stop doing that. Maybe hydration tests. In college, the best way we did it, we did hour weigh-ins, you weigh in an hour before you compete. But that’s just not feasible, I think, in MMA.”
On same day weigh-ins.
“I guess you could, it’s just you see people miss weight now, the day before it’s a bad scramble,” Edgar said. “Imagine day of, how bad that scramble is.
“It’s just tough. I don’t think there’s any easy answer. Some suggestions have to happen or something bad will happen. You’re seeing guys end up in hospitals for weight cuts pretty frequently, luckily they’re getting the help they need and nothing too serious happens.”
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