Hey gals and guys, I wanted to know your opnion on the next:
Our beloved MMA analyst Jack slack has said this:
Fights like Duffee vs Mir make me want the LHW limit moved to 215, the division renamed 'Heavyweight' and everyone above it cut.? Jack Slack (
) 17 juli 2015
(Longer then expected...)
He dropped the thought the upper limit LHW should be upped to 215, renaming it heavyweight, and cutting all fighters above. And I feel this isn't a stupid thing to say.
Maybe a bit crude, but here me out:
1) The heavyweight class is pretty f*cked up. All weight classes cover 10-20 lbs, so there aren't horrible mismatches (in weight), but HW stretches over frickin 60 lbs! This really encourages mismatches (inb4 "but fedor!", he is a special snowflake)
2) There aren't too many heavyweights who can't make 215. Think about it: most Hw that can last for over a round are 260 or less. Sure, there are guys who walk at 260 7% bf and they prolly can't cut too much,but most guys at HW can shed 15 lbs fat and 15 without killing themselfs.
2a) I sense the Lesnar/Carwin/Overeem card sliding out of someones sleeve. But Lesnar lost a great deal of muscle mass as far as I know, so he can last longer. Carwin died of hypoxia after a round. Overeem is also a gasser, but he always was, so forget him. I know this is a bodybuilder forum, but trying to be R-Cole should not be priority 1 for someone who needs to be able to last for 25 minutes...for his salary.
3) Maybe if these guys aren't packing almost 20 stone at fight night, they would learn swinging for the fences as a pavlovian reaction when they hear a bell isn't how you become the GOAT. Would make up for fights that are enjoyable for fight fans, not the average bar-brawl voyeur.
4) As is known, muscle demands oxygen, and fat is dead weight, taxing muscles. If these guys get leaner (and maybe a little less built), their stamina would increase. Stamina increases, less need to swing, more energy to keep going. Less swinging, more keeping going-->higher technical standard.
5) Less fat guys at weigh-ins.
I'm a big guy myself (6'8, 250 lbs); I am a believer in this possible change. You can get some strength in 245/250 lbs, and be able to cut down from there with dedicated work. I would like a weight class I can drop in with some hard work where I can fight honestly. LHW is too far down for me now, and HW is unlimited. I think I can't honestly fight 300 lbs behemoths. They could crush me, or they could gas disproportionally.