Another major state could be joining California in its efforts against extreme weight cutting.
The Texas Combative Sports Program will discuss the California State Athletic Commission’s (CSAC) 10-point weight-cutting reform plan at its advisory board meeting Friday, program director Greg Alvarez told MMA Fighting on Monday.
The CSAC plan includes the additional weight classes approved by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC); increased fines for fighters who miss weight; giving doctors the power to approve the weight class of a fighter; fight-day weight checks; and hydration and specific gravity testing.
Alvarez said the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) could change its rules to allow for the 10-point plan without the regulations going through the state legislature. It would take at least 120 days to implement if approved, Alvarez said.
Earlier this month, Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) athlete Clovis Hancock collapsed in the cage during a fight and was unresponsive for 15 minutes. Hancock told MMA Fighting that he suffered cardiac arrest, kidney failure and a heart contusion and doctors told him he was severely dehydrated.
Hancock, 32, said the health scare was likely due mostly to a a very difficult weight cut. He said he lost 45 pounds — going from 215 to 170 pounds — to make the welterweight maximum. Hancock said he felt nauseous and lightheaded while in the sauna attempting to make weight via dehydration.
Alvarez said Hancock’s situation at LFA 26 has nothing to do with the Texas Combative Sports Program talking about weight-cutting reform. Alvarez said he and CSAC executive officer Andy Foster had been discussing the 10-point plan long before that happened.
CSAC passed the 10-point plan in May 2017. No other state or regulator body has followed suit to this point, which has limited the effectiveness of the regulations. Foster presented the plan at the annual ABC Conference over the summer.