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Boxing is dumb

We keep hearing that boxing is stupid and they shot themselves in the foot, shin, knee, thigh, crotch, stomach, neck, and face. But how often do you really get a glimpse in the madness that sunk the sport? Check this shit out:

Many observers agree that the increased number of weight classes in boxing has been a real turn off for fans. The World Boxing Council sanction titles at seventeen different weights. These range from Minimumweight (below 105 pounds) to Heavyweight (over 200 pounds). The UFC has five weight divisions, ranging from Lightweight (145 to 155 pounds) to Heavyweight (205 to 265 pounds).

The early UFCs were open weight affairs and the promotion has shown little interest in introducing smaller weight classes. Boxing has eleven weight classes below 147 pounds. Although greed has undoubtedly played a part in the creation of additional weight classes in boxing, there is a genuine safety issue, particularly in a striking sport.

Seventeen different weight classes. Seventeen! And for those of you who don’t think Gary Shaw is evil, peep this: he’s already doing all sorts of whack shit with weird weight classes and catch weights. Honestly I’m not a huge fan of weight classes. I get ‘the point’ of them, but I have no idea what the fuck is going on in Shaw’s head having 155 and 165 pound divisions. The last thing we need is more ways to divide talent up so they never get to fight eachother.

  • Hywel Teague

    I generally ignore anything written on that website. They sell cool stuff and are a nice bunch of guys but their reporting stinks

  • matt

    I think they should fold the 185 and make a 175 and merge the 170s in there.

  • Mr. Theplague

    The UFC weight classes seem pretty good to me, I hope they don’t change anything. But sweet fucking christ, I always wondered what all that “super ultra bantamweight megazord” shit on FSN fight night was.

  • Matt

    Shaw’s doing a favor for Diaz since he prefers to fight at 160-165.. I think it’s mighty nice of him but I hope he doesn’t make it official.

  • marshal

    Couldn’t bone density and fist size, be thrown into the mix somewhere for safety’s sake?

  • Jerry Millen

    On a side note, the MMA weight division for heavyweight is 206 lbs to 265 lbs. That is a range of 60 lbs! Now compare this to the lightweight division up to light-heavyweight: 155 lbs to 205 lbs. That is only a range of 50 lbs difference.

    Following our math, that means that having a weight division that spans from 155 to 205 lbs is ethical (following the logic of the heavyweight division).

    Now who wouldn’t like to see Shogun, Machida, Rampage, Paulo Filho, A. Silva, Chuck, Wanderlei, Dan Henderson, GSP, Matt Hughes, Sherk, BJ, Gomi, Aoki, Mach, etc.. battling for a single belt?

    Seeing a UFC special showing BJ Penn eating 12 burritos a day to get to 200 lbs would be worthwhile enough for me.

  • intenso

    I wouldn’t want to see all those guys fighting for a single belt. That would be a complete clusterfuck.

  • kentyman

    It would suck ’cause any welterweight or lighter wouldn’t stand a chance.

  • garth

    i saw an ADCC dvd with Matt Hughes wrestling Tito Ortiz ink the open-weight tournament. Matt was game, and actually fought him to a draw, but lost in an overtime round. The size difference was amazing, and if you added striking to that, you’re looking at a slaughter I believe. I think height differences are often just as important as weight differences. Sometimes. You get any good fighter, with some exceptions, and put him in there witha guy almost as good but 20 pbs heavier, and you’re looking at the lighter guy getting f’d up. BJ Penn, arguably the most talented fighter in the world from 155 – 170 lbs, tried fighting a talented fighter at 185 lbs and lost. He didn’t get dominated but he lost a UD.
    obviously weight isn’t everything, but all else being reasonably close it’s a pretty easy metric to use

  • fightlinker

    I’m okay with weight classes to keep big guys from using the extra weight to their advantage. On the other hand there’s always guys like Sean Sherk who are tipping the scales at 155 and then bulk back up to 170 by fight time. I’m not a huge fan of that.

  • garth-san

    also, with the tiny weight limits in boxing, it does other stuff. like they have more belts to hand out (thus cheapening all of them, but whatever).
    as far as the weight cutting thing, that’s been talked about a lot…what can you do? weigh ‘em a week before then fight, then an hour before the fight? hmm…why not…week before (+-5lb), day before(+- 1lb), and hour before. that’ll be easy to organize! haha!

  • fightlinker

    problem with pre-fight weight cuts is you lose liquid around the brain, and that causes brain damage. Logic says that’d stop fighters from doing it, but that’s not the case :-(