UFC President Dana White has pushed back against those advocating the introduction of more weight classes, saying it won’t solve anything.
In the wake of an increasing number of fighters failing to make weight, and even injuring themselves during weight cuts, the UFC has come under pressure from the MMA world to add extra weight classes.
But speaking on Wednesday, White said new categories wouldn’t make any difference.
“People are like, ‘Add weight classes, do this, do that. It’s never going to change,” he said.
“You’re still going to have people trying to – let’s say I add a 165-pound weight class. That will only mean bigger guys will try to make 165. Everybody’s always looking for an advantage.”
55 UFC fighters have missed weight since Jan. 2015.
Of those, 23 were fighting at 155 or 170 (42%).
Only 4 misses for 185 and above (7%).
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) October 18, 2017
While it’s a fact that there has been an increase in the number of fighters missing weight in recent years, White said he believes that the method fighters use to cut weight rather than space between weight classes is the key.
“There’s ways to cut weight,” White said. “There’s safe ways. There’s scientific ways. Nutritionists can help you do this. Everybody just wants to take shortcuts and the easy way. But there is no easy way when you’re cutting weight.”
He added that the UFC is trying to help its fighters make weight safely.
“What we’ve been doing is Jeff Novitzky, the guy we hired who handles all the USADA stuff, he’s tracking all these guys’ weights,” White said. “He tracks them. When you come in the week of the fight we find out where you are compared to where you were the last couple times you fought.”