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UFC 199 headliners react to new CSAC weight-cutting rules

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LOS ANGELES — Dominick Cruz was taken aback when he first heard that the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) was enacting new weight-cutting rules.

The main catalyst was that Cruz heard that CSAC didn’t want fighters to dehydrate at all to make weight.

“I kind of had a little heart-attack moment,” the UFC bantamweight champion said Wednesday at a media day in Downtown LA. “Like, wait a second, you need me to be hydrated in California to fight? You guys are playing around, because you know I’m not hydrated up on that scale. Ever. And you know Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold are not hydrated up on that scale in a million years. It’s not gonna happen.”

Cruz defends his title against Urijah Faber in the co-main event of UFC 199 on June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Rockhold, the middleweight champion, will face Weidman in a title fight that headlines that card. It’ll be the first UFC event in California since CSAC passed its new regulations in February.

While CSAC would prefer fighters did not dehydrate at all before hitting the scale, the process is inevitable. CSAC is taking measures to prevent severe dehydration with an eye toward fighter safety.

The commission will now be doing specific gravity tests to determine if fighters are properly hydrated on fight day. On the day of weigh-ins, fighters will be examined by doctors to see if they are severely dehydrated. If a fighter fails a specific gravity test, or a physician determines they are severely dehydrated, the fighter will be pulled from the bout.

One of the biggest changes will be the weigh-in procedure. Fighters will have the option of weighing in earlier, as early as 10 a.m. the day before the event. The idea is that it gives ….View full article

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