Cage Warriors To Dock Up To 60% Of Pay After Several Fights Miss Weight
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.09.2014
There will be stiff penalties...
MMA Junkie reports that after several Cage Warriors fighters have missed their target weights, Cage Warriors is planning to dock over half of their fight purses if it happens again. Starting with Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday (streaming on MMA Junkie on June 7 from London), fines for missing weight will climb to 60%. The fighter's opponent will get 40% of the fine and the opponent can choose a charity that will get the other 20%.
Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan said: "We're dealing with professional athletes here, but due to the lack of professionalism displayed by some, we've been forced to make these changes. Making weight is an obligation, not an option, and this will be the first step towards ensuring that we never have a situation again like we did last week."
At Cage Warriors 68 on May 3, seven of the 20 fighters missed weight, including two full matchups. Cage Warriors is already known for having some of the strictest fines in MMA. Fighters were fined 25% of their pay if they missed weight by 2.2 pounds or less. Fines increased to 40% if the missed weight by over 2.2 pounds. All of the fines were given to their opponent. Most state athletic commissions and North American MMA promotions stop at 20%.
Boylan added: "If this doesn't deter fighters from missing weight, we'll go to the next level," he stated. "We'll continue to make the necessary changes until this is resolved because what happened last weekend was unacceptable. This is not about money because the fines don't go back into the company's pocket. We're making this change for the good of the sport and the promotion, so it's now up to fighters to respect themselves, their opponents and the promotion by making weight as they commit to in their contracts. Sixty percent might seem like quite a significant figure, but the simple fact is that if you make weight like you're supposed to, you won't lose a penny."