‘There Should Be Some Penalty’- Joe Rogan Goes Off on MMA Fighters Missing Weight

Published 06/24/2021, 7:33 AM EDT
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Joe Rogan is seen in the commentary booth during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Joe Rogan spoke to Hall of Famer and former pro-wrestler, Don Frye, who appeared on an episode of JRE. Both men had plenty to share, and they went over the changes in the landscape of MMA over the years. Furthermore, Rogan got candid with Frye and the audience when discussing the issue of fighters missing weight in the sport.

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The conversation came about when Rogan brought up the PFL and how fighters are penalized for missing the mark. He believes that weight misses should be dealt with severely as some fighters look to undermine the existing system. Rogan also expressed a desire to see weight classes removed in favor of a safer alternative for fighters.

NEWARK, NJ – APRIL 18: Commentator Joe Rogan looks on during the UFC Fight Night event at Prudential Center on April 18, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

“I think you should not be able to fight or there should be some major penalty because a lot of these guys are choosing to miss weight. They’re like ‘I don’t want to do this, fu** it’. But you could, but you know it’s going to drain you and so they choose to come in at a pound or two heavy and then they feel a lot better the next day.”

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“They have a better chance of winning cause they’re not as drained. A lot of these guys are cutting a tremendous, I wish there was no weight cutting. I wish you got down to a healthy weight, and you fought at whatever weight you’re at and you figure out what the weight classes could be to make it so there’s more weight classes.”

No weight cutting: The way of the future?

Though Rogan’s proposal for removing weight classes is something that is ideal on paper, it may not translate at a competition level. There would be a huge advantage being handed to fighters who can hydrate quickly and balloon up to an advantageous weight.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Jorge Masvidal is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his victory over Nate Diaz (doctor’s stoppage) in their welterweight bout for the BMF title during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The disparity would immediately be visible in the grappling department and the skill-to-skill aspect ratio of the sport could be compromised. However, as there’s always room for growth and correction, Rogan’s idea can have a way of being systematically implemented.

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As MMA continues to reach new mainstream heights, new ways will be uncovered to make the sport better and safer.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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