Champ Demetrious Johnson says he won’t follow UFC, USADA’s new weight-cutting guidelines for fight week weight

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Demetrious Johnson

The UFC and USADA are implementing new weight cutting rules on fighters in the organization in an attempt to cut down on unsafe cuts from fighters, but not all of the proposed rules are going to fly with their competitors.

Perhaps the biggest point of contention for fighters thus far has been the rule saying fighters must be within eight percent of their target weight by the Tuesday of fight week, which would leave them with less to cut in the final days before the event. However, it’s perhaps an unrealistic figure for all weight divisions, and UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson says it’s just not a mark he’s going to hit.

“Not f***ing happening, bro,” Johnson said after UFC 199 last week (via “I’ve never missed weight, not once, I’ve never had a scare, so I will come in weighing 138, 139 [lbs].

“What are they going to do? Not let me fight? I’m not a crack addict – it’s not like I need to go to rehab for making weight. I’ve never had a problem, never been dehydrated. I’m taking a s*** when I’m going to make weight. I’m smart – I don’t need an education on how to make weight.”

Penick’s Analysis: The eight percent rule as a hard and fast requirement doesn’t make sense when varying weight classes cut weight at different levels. That “within eight percent of fight weight” is very different for a flyweight fighter than a light heavyweight fighter, for example, and it only means fighters have to be more drained and dehydrated for a longer period of time during fight week in order to appease that rule. It just seems like something they’re going to have a very hard time enforcing on a widespread basis.

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