ONE Championship™ Bans Dehydration to Cut Down Weight Prior to Weigh-Ins


As a safety measure following the untimely demise of Chinese flyweight contender Yang Jian Bing on December 11, 2015, ONE Championship™ bans weight-cutting by dehydration and imposes new set of regulations and policies governing the weigh-in procedures and contracted weight limits. Bing, 21 years old, died of cardiopulmonary failure due to dehydration.

The new program, which is the first of its kind for combat sports, is focused on athlete safety by introducing “walking weight” competition via multiple weigh-ins and tests before and during the fight week, including three hours before an event begins.

Athletes will now compete at their “walking weight”, which will be determined by a robust system that will track his/her weight on a regular basis throughout the period that the athlete is contracted to ONE. This new program will ensure that athletes competing in their respective division are maintaining a healthy regimen and are safe to fight.

ONE Championship™ CEO Victor Cui stated, “One Championship has paved the way for MMA in Asia and we have always been at the forefront of innovation for the sport. By banning weight-cutting by dehydration, we are leading the way globally for enhanced safety standards for professional MMA athletes. We believe that through the implementation of this new weigh-in program, our fighters will enjoy a safer and healthier life inside and outside of the cage.”

“I invite the other two major global MMA organisations Bellator and UFC, to follow in our footsteps to protect athletes and eliminate the process of weight-cutting by dehydration,” Cui further added.

ONE Championship™ VP Rich Franklin, who is a former MMA champion himself shares that he had gone through the process of weight-cutting by dehydration countless times and he knows first-hand how it affects an athlete physically.

“I personally understand the importance of safety and competing at your very best as a professional MMA athlete and after reviewing the new regulations and policies governing the weigh-in procedures and contracted weight limits, this new program does both for our athletes,” said Franklin.

Matt Hume, VP of Operations and Competition of ONE Championship™ believes that they “have put together the best possible weigh-in program in combat sports. This program will revolutionise the way weigh-ins are conducted around the world and we look forward to the positive outcome it will have on safety standards related to weight-cutting globally.”

The new program will commence in January 2016 and will be applied to all athletes competing under the ONE banner.

Read more about the details of the new weigh-in program at www.ONEFC.com.

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