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Ohio moving to same-day weigh-ins for pro-am MMA events

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California has installed rules making weigh-ins earlier. Ohio seems to be going in the opposite direction.

The Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) passed a regulation to make weigh-ins on the same day as events for pro-am MMA events, executive director Bernie Profato confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday. The new rules, where fighters weigh-in the morning before their fight, will not apply to major MMA promotions like the UFC or Bellator — only events that feature both pro and amateur bouts on the same card. Amateur fighters in Ohio already weigh-in on the same day.

Profato said the change was made in order to encourage newly christened pro MMA fighters to compete at a more natural weight class with the hopes that they continue on in that weight class when they move up to bigger events. The rule will be reviewed by the OAC in a year after data is collected.

“We want to put these fighters in the safest atmosphere we can put them in,” Profato said. “We’re gonna try this. If it doesn’t work, we can rescind it. It’s not like this is in stone. If we don’t think it’s gonna work, we can rescind. But if we think it’s a good idea, we can pass this information on to everybody else and everybody may want to adopt it then.”

Profato, like many, agree that extreme weight cutting is a major issue in mixed martial arts. He believes that if a fighter has to weigh-in on the same day as the competition, that fight might be persuaded to change to a more manageable weight class, one where he or she doesn’t have to dehydrate to reach the proper number on the scale. Fighters will be able to weigh-in as early as 10 a.m. on the day of the bout.

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Source:: mma fighting