ByKel Dansby, writer at Creators.co
Kel Dansby

Now, more than ever, a light has been cast upon the troubles of weight cutting in MMA, and with top UFC contender Khabib Nurmagomedov being hospitalized the morning before weighing in for his interim lightweight title fight at UFC 209, there's a growing call for change in the weight cutting process.

Weight cutting is ingrained in the sport and many fighters feel dropping to lower weight classes provided them an added advantage in their fights, so it'd be hard for the UFC to sanction the weight cutting methods of their entire roster. Instead, it'd be easier to add a few new weight divisions and properly space the weight classes.

For example, our weight classes increase by ten pounds beginning at Flyweight (130lbs) for the men and atomweight (110lbs) for the women. The men's division sees a jump after light heavyweight (210lbs), with heavyweight set at 240lbs and super heavyweight at 270lbs.

UFC purists will argue against the idea, citing too many titles, but keep in mind the UFC has made a point to hand out interim titles like candy since 2015. Added divisions would help alleviate the need for these interim belts and provide more champions to headline cards. Similar to boxing, it also allows for fighters to move up or down in weight to challenge for titles and create "super fights."

Take a Look at our redesigned UFC Weight Classes.

Super Heavyweight (270)

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Tom Szczerbowski / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Derrick Lewis

2. Alistair Overeem

3. Mark Hunt

4. Alexander Volkov

5. Daniel Omielanczuk


Heavyweight (240)

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John David Mercer / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Stipe Miocic (C)

2. Fabricio Werdum

3. Cain Velasquez

4. Francis Nganno

5. Junior dos Santos


Light Heavyweight (210)

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Joshua Dahl / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Daniel Cormier (C)

2. Jon Jones

3. Anthony Johnson

4. Alexander Gustafsson

5. Glover Teixeira


Cruiserweight (200)

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Adam Hunger / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Yoel Romero

2. Luke Rockhold

3. Jimi Manuwa

4. Mauricio Rua

5. Anderson Silva


Middleweight (190)

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Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Michael Bisping (C)

2. Jacare Souza

3. Gegard Mousasi

4. Chris Weidman

5. Derek Brunson


Junior Middleweight (180)

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Joe Camporeale / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Stephen Thompson

2. Georges St-Pierre

3. Robert Whittaker

4. Kelvin Gastelum

5. Johny Hendricks


Welterweight (170)

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Joe Camporeale / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Tyron Woodley (C)

2. Demian Maia

3. Robbie Lawler

4. Jorge Masvidal

5. Neil Magny


Lightweight (160)

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Adam Hunger / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Conor McGregor (C)

2. Tony Ferguson

3. Khabib Nurmagomedov

4. Eddie Alvarez

5. Donald Cerrone


Featherweight (150)

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Joshua Dahl / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Jose Aldo (C)

2. Max Holloway

3. Frankie Edgar

4. Yair Rodriguez

5. Chan Sung Jung


Bantamweight (140)

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Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Cody Garbrandt (C)

2. TJ Dillashaw

3. Dominick Cruz

4. Raphael Assuncao

5. John Lineker


Flyweight (130)

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Tracy Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Demetrious Johnson (C)

2. Joseph Benavidez

3. John Dodson

4. Henry Cejudo

5. Wilson Reis


Women's Featherweight (150)

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Jason Silva / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Cris Cyborg

2. Germaine de Randamie (C)

3. Cat Zingano

4. Holly Holm

5. Julianna Pena


Women's Bantamweight (140)

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Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Amanda Nunes (C)

2. Ronda Rousey

3. Liz Carmouche

4. Raquel Pennington

5. Bethe Correia


Women's Flyweight (130)

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Ron Chenoy / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Valentina Shevchenko

2. Jessica Eye

3. Sara McMann

4. Alexis Davis

5. Joanne Calderwood


Women's Strawweight (120)

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Adam Hunger / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (C)

2. Claudia Gadelha

3. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

4. Jessica Andrade

5. Jessica Aguilar


Women's Atomweight (110)

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Kyle Terada / USA TODAY Sports

Top 5 Rankings

1. Michelle Waterson

2. Rose Namajunas

3. Paige Van Zant

4. Tecia Torres

5. Carla Esparza

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