Pre-fight weigh-ins have been a long standing tradition.
Fans gather to see their favorite fighters in the best shapes of their lives. Rippling abs, bulging biceps and sunken in cheeks are common place on weigh-in day. And if we are lucky we see the "hangry" fighters take out their feelings on their opponent.
But things might look a little different at UFC 199 weigh-ins, and here's why.
Traditionally fighters step on the scales at the tail end of the day. They typically cut weight the night before and then suffer an entire 10+ hours, chewing gum and sleeping to avoid the hunger and dehydration pains in order to wearily climb on the scale and FINALLY, FINALLY ... eat. Or in this case, down a gallon of Pedialite.
But the California State Athletic Commission has recently changed how fighters weigh in, and this will be the first time a UFC event will be under these regulations.
The CSAC passed emergency regulations back in February regarding weight-cutting. The new rules include a ban on severe dehydration to make weight, the barring of IVs to rehydrate and the ability to move back the time of weigh-ins.
Due to these changes athletes can now weigh in between 10 a.m. 2 p.m. on the day of weigh-ins. This is HUGE! This means that they're not sitting for hours waiting for the weigh-ins when they have already reached their goal. This also gives them more time to rehydrate which is paramount, especially since IV rehydration is no longer allowed.
What this means is, if a fighter steps on the scales at 10 a.m., by the time the televised weigh-ins take place, he or she will be much heavier. The athlete will still attend the weigh-ins and step on the scale but the weight that is read will be the morning weight, not their current weight.
I guess we'll need to check out the weigh-ins on Friday and see how it looks because fighters may appear a little thicker.
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