This one came out of left field. The Ohio Athletic Commission has done a nice job of hosting some big MMA events in the past, but the news that WEC 43 would be administered under a different set of weigh-in rules was a bit troubling. It also reeked of disorganization. Dann Stupp from MMA Junkie reported:
Unlike some regulatory bodies, the Ohio commission does two sets of weigh-ins – one on the eve of the show, and one on the day of the event – and fighters (in all weight classes) can't gain more than 13 pounds between the two times.
Huh? Where was this for the four UFC events in Ohio? Oh, it was waived. Why did that happen? It's the same company, Zuffa overseeing both promotions. I understand the basic idea behind the dual weigh-ins but the precedent has been set and you can't hold one promotion to a set of standards that others don't have to adhere to. Plus it makes little sense with fighters who are 135-155 pounds. The bigger worry comes with the 170, 185 and 205 weight classes.
Fighters should have to endure the rigors of cutting weight once. If they want to blow up in the 24 hours before the fight, that's their choice. It's certainly not the most productive thing in the cage to drop 17 pounds during the week of the fight and then put it back on in one day. If a fighter chooses to put his stamina at risk, let him do it. Strikeforce's Mike Whitehead is a prime example. He said for his last fight at 205, he began camp at 285. The week of the fight he was still walking around at 225. He got to the weight but it's also why Whitehead (pictured) has to consistently hold back in the first two rounds for fear of gassing in the final round.
The reason listed for the WEC 43 cancellation was an injury to main event fighter Ben Henderson. That's pretty unusual for a Zuffa event to be scrapped on the basis of one fighter going down. Seems like there's more to the story.