Cage Warriors CEO Explains Why There's Now 60% Fines For Missing Weight
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.27.2014
He has his reasons...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan explained why there is a new 60% fine for missing weight in the promotion. Here are the highlights...
On why he created such a harsh fine: "We did this to keep guys in line with their contracted weight. Guys who shouldn't have been fighting at a certain weight were cutting too much weight. They were kind of using the rules and guidelines we put in place to suit them. Instead we brought in this 60 percent rule. Whether you're .2 pounds over or four pounds over, it's the same fine."
On how this should increase safety: "We want to stop guys from a safety aspect from cutting too much weight. The fine we put in place at 60 percent is to try to put more safety around weight cutting. If you know you're not going to be close, then you shouldn't be cutting down. If you're cutting that much weight to get to a lower weight division and you're still over, it's a hazard for the fighter, and it's not safe. You might as well just move up and stay at a weight that you can make comfortably. Over time we're hoping this will push guys to a more natural weight of fighting instead of trying to make drastic cuts. We're trying to keep things light, but we also want guys to realize they don't need to cut so much weight. When you're cutting 12 or 14 pounds in one week, then you shouldn't be doing that. Just fight up a weight."
On who gets the money: "Cage Warriors gets none of this money. Any deductions go to the opponent of the fighter who missed weight. They get 40 of the 60 percent, and for the remaining 20 percent, his opponent chooses the charity that the money gets sent to. The organization doesn't benefit from putting these fines in."