Morning Report: Joe Rogan says extreme weight cutting is cheating at a ‘higher scale’ than PEDs

Arguably the biggest hot button topic in MMA today is the issue of weight-cutting. It’s a complex issue embedded in the culture of the sport, with no easy fix or magic answers. It’s also, according to some, cheating.

UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently opined as such on his The Joe Rogan Expereience podcast, calling the practice “sanctioned cheating” and arguing that the effects are more beneficial than using PEDs.

“It is stupid,” Rogan said. “What it is is sanctioned cheating. It’s sanctioned cheating and it’s cheating at a much higher scale even than PEDs. If you get two people and they both weigh 135 [pounds] but they’re both totally hydrated and one of them has been doing steroids and one of them hasn’t been doing steroids, the difference will be far less than if one person weighs in at 135 [pounds] but then balloons up to 160 [pounds] and then gets into that octagon at 160 [pounds] but there’s no PEDs involved. That’s a much greater advantage than someone whose doing some sort of testosterone thing or something. They’re compromised but the benefit of being so much larger might outweigh being compromised.

“Dude, if I was running s**t, I’d fix that first. That would be the first thing I would fix.”

The dangers involved in extreme weight-cutting plus the ubiquity of it in MMA have led to many efforts to curb the practice. Last year, the California State Athletic Commission adopted regulations geared towards ending weight-cutting in the sport, including adding a fight-day weigh-in wherein any fighter who gained back over 10 percent of their body weight would be recommended to move up a weight class. Coincidentally, all but six fighters at UFC 227 this past weekend were over that 10 percent margin and, to prove Rogan’s point, five of the six fighters in compliance with the regulation lost, the sole winner of that group being Weili Zhang who defeated another fighter with the 10 percent margin, Danielle Taylor.

They aren’t the only ones who are trying to stop weight-cutting. Two years ago, following the death of a Yang Jian Bing who died while attempting to cut weight for a flyweight bout with Geje Eustaquio at ONE Championship 35, the promotion announced a new weigh-in program which bans weight-cutting by dehydration. The program works by having fighters weigh-in daily while in camp and sending in their weight to a company database. During fight week, there are daily weigh-ins and daily hydration tests to make sure fighters are competing at their ‘walking-weight.’ So far the program has been successful and Rogan says ONE Championship is the template that everyone should follow going forward.

“People push it, they do push it,” Rogan said. “If you give them more time, they are gonna push it. If they know that they can rehydrate longer – which is the idea, that it’s safer because you can rehydrate from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. instead of from 4 p.m. on. I just think give them all the time they need. ONE FC has laid out the ground work. Look at what they did with their hydration tests and implement that.”


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VIDEO STEW

Fight Motion is always the best.

Highlights from last weekend’s DWTNCS.

Cejudo says he’s open to a rematch with DJ.

Bang calling TJ the greatest martial artist ever.

Hooft’s boys putting in work.


LISTEN UP

The MMA Hour. Interviews with Dustin Poirier, Israel Adesanya, and Sarah Kaufman.

Anik & Florian. Recapping UFC 227 plus Henry Cejudo stops by.

The Co-Main Event. Discussing UFC 227 and Khabib vs. Conor.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

The video everyone was talking about yesterday.

Marlon leaves off his loss to the dude who has only lost to TJ and has a win over TJ.

So much beef.

Someone is forgetting about Matt Hamill.

“I’m better than the GOAT and the dude who just beat him and so are other people” is one hell of a take coming from a dude who just KO’d himself.

Respect.

Tony still rocking TUF trunks.

Let go.

FUI DEMITIDO DO UFC, E AGORA? As 4 horas da manhã eu levantei pra esvaziar a bexiga e por força de um hábito muito feio(eu sei), levei o telefone junto para dar uma olhadinha. Entrei no email e estava lá uma mensagem do UFC: “Informamos que a ZUFFA está exercendo seu direito de acelerar o prazo de suas obrigações promocionais previamente firmado entre você (o lutador) e o UFC, com vigência a partir da data do aviso… A partir do momento que eu perdi três lutas seguidas no UFC, essa notícia era uma possibilidade, porém a gente sempre espera o melhor né… Eu esperava conseguir mais uma nova oportunidade, refazer minha estratégia de treinamento, mudar de categoria… Enfim. Mas a fila anda, roda gira e o capitalismo não faz caridade. Se eu quero rir, eu tenho que fazer rir e isso é um fato! O que me reserva o futuro? Muitas coisas ainda já estou negociando com um novo envento, tenho a possibilidade de voltar a lutar muay thai, que é a minha paixão de verdade, a minha jornada ainda não terminou, muito pelo contrário, está se iniciando uma nova etapa. E Cara nós somos lutadores, eu e você! A gente não desiste nunca mano! Se perdemos uma batalha, a gente levanta, bate a poeira e vai em busca no próximo obstáculo,certo? Eu quero deixar minha gratidão pelo UFC, evento que sempre sonhei lutar. Quando as coisas são destinadas a acontecer não importa o envento que você luta, a cidade onde mora, a família que vc tem.. As coisas irão acotecer de qualquer maneira. Mais cedo ou mais tarde. Porém foi estando no UFC que muita coisa maravilhosa aconteceu nos ultimos 4 anos.. Então muita gratidão por esse evento grandioso que é o UFC! Eu pude participar do TUF brasil 3 e com isso muitas pessoas conheceram minha história, com a minha contratação pelo UFC realmente pude me tornar uma referência legal de superação dentro e fora do octagon. Pude adquirir um estilo de vida pra minha família que a gente sempre buscou.. Eu e minha esposa lutamos e nos sacrificamos 12 anos para que esses ultimos 4 se tornassem realidade. E agora um novo ciclo de oportunidades se inicia. Então, não há nada que eu deva fazer diferente de recomeçar e continuar lutando!!

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Missed this bit of disgusting from the weekend.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Yusuki Yachi (20-6) vs. Luiz Gustavo (8-0); Rizin 12, Aug. 12.

Douglas Lima (29-7) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (21-2); Bellator 206, Sep. 29.

Paul Daley (40-16-2) vs. Michael Page (13-0); Bellator WW Grand Prix.

Neiman Gracie (8-0) vs. Ed Ruth (6-0); Bellator WW Grand Prix.

Rory MacDonald (20-4) vs. Jon Fitch (31-7-1); Bellator WW Grand Prix.

Lorenz Larkin (19-7) vs. Yaroslav Amosov (20-0); Bellator WW Grand Prix.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2010: Anderson Silva turned in the greatest comeback in MMA history, submitting Chael Sonnen with a triangle in the fifth round of their title fight at UFC 117. This event also featured the final victory of Matt Hughes’ career, a front choke submission of Ricardo Almeida.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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