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A New Weight Class Part 2: The Heavyweights

 

Enough about the Super Heavyweights, there just aren't enough of them yet to really make a Super HW division viable. I think the misnomer here is that just because you weigh more than 225, you'd be fighting in the 225+ weightclass -- that is far from true.  There are quite a few HW fighters who tip the scales at 230, 240, 250, or even 260, but that doesn't mean they should be fighting at that weight.  Brock Lesnar, to my knowledge is one of a handful (under 5) of people who CUT WEIGHT to reach 265. That is to say, he really weighs around 280, IN SHAPE. I'm sure, several months from a fight, he can be scaled in at 295.  But the important point here is that the rest of the division isn't cutting weight, in fact a good percentage of them look down right dopey at 250 pounds.  

This is more than just a testament to Brock's huge stature, this is a testament to something that he displays and that few other Heavyweights display: the mental fortitude it takes to cut weight, and all the unpleasantries that go along with it. This, to me, is one of the great unforeseen benefits of a new weight class.  It forces all the fat-asses to get into shape as they make their cut to 225. Also, this is the main reason I believe that 225 is a better cut-off point than 235, as others have suggested. 

Why did Brandon "the truth" Vera think he was gonna be HW champion first, and then move his way down to become Light HW champion? Why did Randy Couture move up to HW after he gave up hope on Light HW? Why are there so many heavy weights who could easily fight at light heavy weight, but don't? Because it is a weight class without discipline!  Finally, we see a heavy weight fighter with discipline and we are astounded. I mean there is a reason the HW division was languishing in the UFC: because all the really good fighters work hard and make the cut to 205. Anderson Silva cuts all the way down to middle weight for christ sake -- and so could Vera! Would you rather fight a 230 pounder who is overweight and kinda lazy, or a 205 pounder who is cut and hungry? Both Vera and Couture said the former.

One of the big eye openers for me came during the MMA Live broadcast from the UFC 91 weigh-ins. Stephen Bonnar offered a tremendous amount of insight, as well as a transparent dislike for the weight cutting process, and even Franklin McNeil had something to say that was enlightening (of course it was something that Florian had told him), and then it was Mir's turn. And it was more than just that arrogant smirk that I have become so accustomed to, it was a sense of getting away with something he shouldn't. He really had nothing to offer other than the fact that that was a major inconvenience that he didn't have to deal with (and he gave some bull shit explanation for why that wasn't a problem for him). But the truth is that weight cutting is not necessary for him, and in fact, getting lean isn't important for him either. This is not unique to Mir, many heavy weights are much heavier than is ideal for them as fighters. And there's really no motivation for an average heavy weight to get into shape. If you're a hungry fighter, then you move to 205, and if you're not a hungry fighter then you get beat by Randy Couture and you say, "Well it was Randy, what was I suppose to do against the greatest", and you use your skill to beat a lesser opponent (tank abbot for example) and earn your keep.

Would Mir, Gonzaga, Werdum, etc. benefit from a forced weight cut? I say hell ya. Look at Ganzaga in his last fight, I mean that was a can if I ever saw one. The UFC can't afford to get rid of all the fat asses. I mean they made an example out of Werdum, but I don't think that was enough to straighten out the division.  In my book, Dos Santos is the best thing in the division right now: a big, agile, brazilian, with heavy hands. Lets see some of those other fat asses get KO'd by the young and hungry Dos Santos. Lesnar is a different beast than Dos Santos. When Lesnar beats your fat ass down, you always have the excuse that, "hey, it was Lesnar, he's just too damn big, what was I suppose to do?"

Hey, maybe if Mir had to get fit, and had to cut to 225, he wouldn't have got the shit kicked out of him by a guy who could cut to 185 if he wanted (Brandon Vera).  I say, force these guys to get into shape, no more excuses.

 

 

 

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