Europe's leading MMA promotion, Cage Warriors Fighting Championships, recently caught the attention of the MMA world when they revealed the hefty weigh-in fines that had been put into practice on their roster.
After seven of his fighters at Cage Warriors 68 failed to make weight, CEO Graham Boylan implemented a stiff fine to ensure that his athletes are pressured to make their contracted weight.The promotion has now chosen to fine their athletes 60% of their fight purse if they miss weight ahead of a contracted fight.
"We did this to keep guys in line with their contracted weight," Boylan told MMAjunkie.com's Mike Bohn. "Guys who shouldn't have been fighting at a certain weight were cutting too much weight. They were kind of using the rules and guidelines we put in place to suit them. Instead we brought in this 60 percent rule. Whether you're .2 pounds over or four pounds over, it's the same fine."
Boylan believes the fine is beneficial in both the short and long term for the promotion, as fighters who are incapable of making the weight will ultimately be forced to move up a weight class to stay away from the fine.
"You might as well just move up and stay at a weight that you can make comfortably. Over time we're hoping this will push guys to a more natural weight of fighting instead of trying to make drastic cuts. We're trying to keep things light, but we also want guys to realize they don't need to cut so much weight. When you're cutting 12 or 14 pounds in one week, then you shouldn't be doing that. Just fight up a weight."
The promotion's CEO also clarified that Cage Warriors does not benefit from the fine, as the opponent gets 40%, while the remaining 20% goes to a charity that the opponent selects.
"Cage Warriors gets none of this money," Boylan said. "Any deductions go to the opponent of the fighter who missed weight. They get 40 of the 60 percent, and for the remaining 20 percent, his opponent chooses the charity that the money gets sent to. The organization doesn't benefit from putting these fines in."