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Gunnar Nelson Comes Out Against MMA’s Weight-Cutting Psychosis

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Five years from now, or 10 years or 15 years or whenever MMA finally decides to enter the Age of Reason it’s been building toward since 2001, when the patchwork mania that was early no-holds barred fighting finally got unified rules, we’ll all be able to look back at the days when professional fighters cut 20 pounds of water weight in the week leading up to a fight and laugh. The same way basketball fans laugh at referees retrieving balls out of peach baskets and hockey fans laugh at players skating onto the ice without headgear. Soon weight-cutting will go the way of groin strikes and hair pulling and heat-butts (other relics from the dark early days), and our beloved sport will at last be called “civilized”—anyway, as civilized as mixed martial arts can be.

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