MFC gets tough on fatties

Fun fact: belt polish also makes an effective hair gel.

Proving that even a guy who looks like a greasy carnival barker can come up with good ideas sometimes, the Maximum Fighting Championship has announced a new policy for dealing with those who miss weight for title fights:

TITLE FIGHT WITH A REIGNING/DEFENDING CHAMPION

If the champion fails to make weight:

* SCENARIO 1 – The champion vacates the title immediately. The fight remains a five-round contest. If the vacated champion wins the fight, the MFC holds the option to automatically consider him the No. 1 contender for the next title fight in that weight class. The MFC also holds an option to make an immediate rematch.

* SCENARIO 2 – The champion vacates the title immediately. The fight remains a five-round contest. If the challenger wins the fight, the challenger becomes the MFC champion. The MFC holds an option to make an immediate rematch.

If the challenger fails to make weight:

* The champion automatically retains the belt. A non-title fight takes place and the MFC solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. If the challenger wins the bout, the MFC holds an option to make a future rematch.

If both fighters fail to make weight:

* The champion vacates the title immediately. A non-title fight takes place and the MFC solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. The MFC holds the option to consider the winner of the bout as the No. 1 contender for the next title fight in that weight class. The MFC also holds an option to make future rematch.

TITLE FIGHT WITH A VACANT CHAMPIONSHIP

If one fighter fails to make weight:

* The fight remains a five-round contest. If the fighter who made weight wins the bout, he becomes the MFC champion of that weight class. If the fighter who failed to make weight wins the bout, that fighter does not claim the title, and the MFC holds the option to make him the No. 1 contender and/or to make an immediate rematch.

If both fighters fail to make weight:

* A non-title bout takes place and the MFC solely determines if the bout is a three- or five-round fight. The Maximum Fighting Championship holds the option to make a future rematch.

The main upshot of this is to ensure that a challenger doesn’t effectively lose his title shot when the champ (or other challenger) misses weight.  I can’t recall this situation happening in the UFC, though it did at WEC 36 when Paulo Filho showed up four pounds heavy and tripping balls on roofies for his rematch with Chael “The People’s Champ” Sonnen.  That turned out to be the WEC’s last middleweight title bout anyway, so no great loss there.

But in the MFC it’s become somewhat of a problem lately.  At their last event in August, Mukai Maromo was jipped out of the vacant lightweight belt even though he KO’d Adam Lynn, because the latter missed weight.  Coincidentally, that title is vacant because former champ “Mandingo” McKee and his challenger Brian Cobb were both shit-canned after they both missed weight at MFC 32 in January.  Pink slips aren’t specifically mentioned as a potential punishment, but I’d have to assume it’s still on the table.

Mark Pavelich makes me feel like I need to wash my eyeballs after looking at him, but I have to admit this is a sound and tough-but-fair policy, and one which he apparently needs.  I presume Dana White is loathe to openly copy a minor-league douche’s ideas, but Zuffa might want to consider following suit.  You know, just in case.

  • Reverend Clint

    id like to see this in the ufc just in case as well.
    Id also like to see a clause that says if the champ is injured and it is going to take more than 6 months to heal an automatic interim belt is in order. I know carlos condit got this but it should be in the rules not up to dana

  • drunkenjunk

    it’d be nice if the ufc added this and jones missed weight. i really like the interim idea.

  • drunkenjunk

    only in french canada

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