Frankie Edgar Isn’t Convinced More Weight Classes Stop Brutal Cuts

Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee put on a great fight at UFC 216 but it almost never happened.

Media watched the early weigh-ins on that Friday morning [on the edge of our seat](https://www.bjpenn…

“WRESTLING HAS SEEN IT HAPPEN BACK IN ‘96, ‘97, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, WHERE A FEW WRESTLERS DIED AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL AND THEY UPPED THE WEIGHT CLASSES. IF YOU ADD MORE WEIGHT CLASSES, IT COULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO CUT LESS WEIGHT, BUT IT ALSO MIGHT ENCOURAGE SOMEONE TO CUT MORE WEIGHT. THEY’LL SAY, ‘OH, I COULDN’T MAKE ‘55, BUT I CAN MAKE ‘65,’ AND THEY WERE GOING ‘70. SO, I DON’T KNOW, I THINK PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO LOOK FOR A WAY TO GET AN ADVANTAGE AND CUTTING WEIGHT IS GOING TO BE REALLY TOUGH TO GET PEOPLE TO STOP DOING THAT. MAYBE HYDRATION TESTS. IN COLLEGE, THE BEST WAY WE DID IT, WE DID HOUR WEIGH-INS, YOU WEIGH IN AN HOUR BEFORE YOU COMPETE. BUT THAT’S JUST NOT FEASIBLE, I THINK, IN MMA.”

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