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Georges St-Pierre says Chael Sonnen has the smartest solution to weight cutting (via

“(Sonnen) proposed to do a weigh-in the day of the fight,” St-Pierre said during a news conference in Australia that was captured by Submission Radio. “So what he proposes, basically – we have weigh-in the night before the fight, like we normally do. But now, because the weigh-in is in the morning, people say, ‘Oh, I have more time to recuperate,’ so they try to cut more weight. And it’s sad to say, but sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to wait (for) someone (to) die out there to change things?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous. So what Chael’s proposed is very smart.”

St-Pierre joins a chorus of voices, including the recent opinion of Joe Rogan, that something must be done to improve on the current system of weight cutting, which saw most fighters at UFC 227 cut in excess of 10 percent of their bodyweight to fight at a specific weight class. Numerous recent injuries and medical problems have occurred to fighters while cutting weight, including problems with Cris Cyborg, Max Holloway, Darren Till and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Some fighters have taken the stance that all the responsibility lies with the individual fighter to do their job. GSP doesn’t see it that way:

“If you make a weigh-in the day of the event, a lot of guys will lose weight, but they won’t lose in terms of (dehydration) weight. You know that if you go in to compete the same day you can’t dehydrate yourself. If you weigh in an hour before your competition. That’s what they used to do in amateur wrestling in the United States and you know how many people miss weight? Zero. So, now, it’s very weird that in a professional sport, in a professional organization, at the highest level, that people miss weight. I think they need to change not the individual, they need to change the system. I think the system can be made better. I’m not saying that Chael’s proposition is the best. But, I think it’s the best that we know of right now. I think it would be the best solution.”

Same-day weigh ins are far from the only proposed solution; Rogan, for instance, proposed monitoring fighters’ hydration levels all fight week, the way ONE FC does. Currently, the UFC has moved weigh ins further from the fight in an attempt to give more fighters time to rehydrate. Sonnen and GSP would reverse this in an attempt to do away with extreme cutting altogether.


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