“Whatever. As much as I like Justin, I want to be a [expletive] and say something, but whatever. Weight cutting isn’t good for you, and if you don’t do it right – and he’s young, he’s probably stupid about it. But he’s a good fighter, so hopefully this won’t tarnish his name too much. It’s weird that I feel bad for him, but this weight cutting [expletive] is horrible for you. I’m just getting it done because I’m getting paid.”
-Ian McCall reacts to Justin Scoggins’ weight-cutting issues canceling their UFC 201 bout in an interview with MMAJunkie.com.
Penick’s Analysis: Though the conversation has somewhat shifted away from the unprofessional nature of poor weight cuts and has instead turned to the dangers they present, it’s still really unfortunate for the fighter who then may miss out on a fight and a payday through no fault of their own. It’s dangerous to cut too much weight or to go about the cut incorrectly, but it’s still the fighter’s responsibility if they sign on for a contracted weight to make it, and to not accept those fights if they can’t safely hit that mark.
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