During a presentation by Rob Maysey of the Mixed Martial Arts Association Rob presented several powerpoint slides outlining an attempt by McCarthy to update the Unified Rules in July of 2008. Included in these updates were a clearer definition of back of the head, legalising 12 to 6 elbows and an unncessary changing of the weight classes to the following:
flyweight (up to 105 lbs)
super flyweight (over 105.1 to 115 lbs)
bantamweight (over 115.1 to 125 lbs)
super bantamweight (over 125.1 to 135 lbs)
featherweight (over 135.1 to 145 lbs)
lightweight (over 145.1 to 155 lbs)
super lightweight (over 155.1 to 165 lbs)
welterweight (over 165.1 to 175 lbs)
super welterweight (over 175.1 to 185 lbs)
middleweight (over 185.1 to 195 lbs)
super middleweight (over 195.1 to 205 lbs),
light heavyweight (over 205.1 to 225 lbs)
heavyweight (over 225.1 to 265 lbs)
super heavyweight (over 265.1 lbs).
These changes were rejected:
"I don’t get that one," Kizer said. "I’m surprised by it. I need to understand the reasoning behind the change. I didn’t think there was a big concern over how the weight classes were structured. This change creates a significant weight differential in the division and leaves only a 40-pound gap at heavyweight."
Dana White on the changes and McCarthy's response:
McCarthy's assosciation with these rule changes coupled with his criticism of the NSAC, other UFC officials and the UFC's decision to put UFC 80 on PPV are why he's no longer on Keith Kizer's and Dana White's christmas card list.