Weight cutting is a controversial issue in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). Fighters are often required to cut significant amounts of weight to make weight for their fights, which can be detrimental to their health and performance. However, the BRAVE Combat Federation (BRAVE CF) has taken a unique approach to weight classes in MMA, which could serve as a model for other organizations to follow.
BRAVE CF has implemented a new weight class system, which includes additional weight classes and stricter regulations on weight cutting. The organization has added several new weight classes, including a 165-pound division, which allows fighters to compete at a more natural weight. Additionally, BRAVE CF has implemented a hydration testing system, which ensures that fighters are not cutting excessive amounts of water weight before their fights.
This approach has several benefits for fighters and the sport as a whole. First, it reduces the health risks associated with weight cutting. Fighters who cut excessive amounts of weight can suffer from dehydration, kidney damage, and other health issues. By implementing stricter weight-cutting regulations, BRAVE CF is promoting the health and safety of fighters.
Second, it promotes more competitive fights. When fighters are forced to cut excessive amounts of weight, it can affect their performance in the cage. They may be weaker, more fatigued, and more susceptible to injury. By allowing fighters to compete at more natural weights, BRAVE CF is promoting more competitive fights and a higher level of performance in the cage.
Third, it could help to reduce the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in sports. PEDs are often used by fighters to help them cut weight and maintain their strength and endurance. By implementing stricter weight-cutting regulations and hydration testing, BRAVE CF is making it more difficult for fighters to use PEDs to gain a competitive advantage.
Fourth, it could attract more fans to the sport. Fans want to see competitive fights between skilled athletes, and BRAVE CF’s approach to weight classes could help to deliver that. The promotion proved the world with sold-out arenas even in Serbia. By promoting more competitive fights, the organization is likely to attract more fans to the sport, which could help to grow the sport as a whole.
Finally, it could set a positive example for other MMA organizations to follow. By implementing a new weight class system and stricter weight-cutting regulations, BRAVE CF is setting a positive example for other organizations to follow. Other organizations should take note of BRAVE CF’s approach and consider implementing similar regulations to ensure the long-term health and success of the sport.
Hari Bhagirath is the former Chief Creative Officer at BRAVE Combat Federation. Currently, he heads Strategic Relations and Financial Communication for a major Fortune 100 organization. He is also the co-founder of Totem Capital, a private wealth management initiative.