It looks like the guys over in Ohio are pushing forward with something that I have felt should be looked into for quite some time now, a cruiserweight division. According to Bernie Profato, the executive director of the Ohio State Athletic Commission, starting May 1st amateur MMA will institute the new division from 206 to 225 pounds. For as to why the push was finally made to institute the division, MMAWeekly.com reported the following:
Mr. Profato said "For fighters just starting out, we saw them in some difficult bouts, especially with a fighter that was 210 fighting someone 250 or more."
This will be on a trial basis with no plans as of yet to institute this in to the pros. "Let's see how it catches on with the amateurs before we suggest anything to the pros," said Profato. "I feel the pros are established and this weight may not make any difference."
I would really like to see this implemented in the pros mainly due to the lack of divisions as it is and the size discrepancies between some of these guys. Everyone here that visits the site knows that I am a boxing fan so that last statement might come as a shock; so I'll try to briefly explain myself since heavyweight boxers can basically get as big as they want to.
In boxing you don't get these freaks of nature like Brock Lesnar where having that sort of build can actually be a good thing. In most cases if not all, it becomes a burdon having to deal with carrying that extra mass while being able to maintain the pace, quickness, and fluidity of your opponent. In MMA you can essentially bum rush your opponent with the weight and ground and pound him into submission.
One boxer that comes to my mind is Shannon Briggs, and we all know how he did once he decided to just pack on muscle. Extreme mass in boxing quite frankly just doesn't make a good fighter.
Bottom line is that I personally feel that becoming an oak tree is far more advantageous to the fighter in mma versus boxing and a cruiserweight division would help level the playing field.