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UFC: John McCarthy, Fighters Need Education On Weight Cuts

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John McCarthy UFCUFC referee John McCarthy wants to see fighters get better education on the effects that weight cutting has on their bodies both on the of the fight and in the long term damage it does. He believes that mixed martial arts fighters may not fully understand the hazards they may be putting themselves in line for that can come back to haunt them later in life.

Two fights were taken of the UFC 177 Fight Card due to Renan Barao and Henry Cejudo coming in over their weight in the process of major weight cuts with Barao passing out and hitting his head in the process affecting his main event title rematch with UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw.

McCarthy was interviewed on The MMA Hour to discuss these harmful effects and some possible solutions for them.

“I don’t think fighters are truly educated as to what exactly they are doing to themselves, and I mean doing to themselves over the long term of their life,” said McCarthy, “any time someone is losing the weight that some of these guys do, draining their bodies of fluids, the electrolytes, it’s a problem for everyone involved.”

Research, according to McCarthy, seems to indicate that the traumatic brain injuries may be partially blamed on lack of rehydration.

“One of the things that we’re learning is, we don’t get a lot of heavy fighters, fighters that don’t cut weight, having traumatic brain injuries. But we do have a lot of lighter fighters who cut a lot of weight. They’re the ones that end up being our problem,” said McCarthy, “And a lot of it we’re learning is because of dehydration and them cutting weight. They lose water, they try and replenish the water, they try to replenish the electrolytes in their body. Everything in our body is made of water basically. And when it drains it doesn’t come back in the same form and function that it was before you drained it. It takes time.”

McCarthy seems to favor a new form of determining the fighters’ weight class that looks more at a walk around weight.

“Like what they’re doing in amateur wrestling with hydrostatic testing as far as testing people when they’re regular and saying, ‘ok, here’s the least I’ll allow you to weigh for a fight’,” noted McCarthy, “And telling them, ‘go ahead, you can probably cut more weight than that, but we’re not going to allow it. We’re not going to allow you to fight.’”

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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