ONE Championship has announced major changes to its weigh-in program that includes banning weight-cutting by dehydration, on the same day the autopsy report on the death of Chinese MMA fighter Yang Jian Bing was released.
The Asian mixed martial arts organization said all fighters will now be madated to compete at their “walking-weight,” which will be determined by a system that will track down his or her weight regularly including multiple weight-ins before and during fight week.
The fighters will also made to undergo a weigh-in three hours before a ONE FC fight.
ONE FC’s announcement came after Yang passed away last december 11 due to complications after trying to lose weight in order to make the 125-pound limit for his fight against Filipino Geje Eustaquio at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The autopsy report revealed Bing died of acute myocardial infarction, more known as heart attack, which doctors believed was caused by severe dehydration.
“ONE Championship has paved the way for MMA in Asia and we have always been at the forefront of innovation for the sport,” said ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui. “By banning weight cutting by dehydration, we are leading the way globally for enhanced safety standards for professional MMA athletes.”
“We believe that through the implementation of this new weigh-in program, our fighters will enjoy a safer and healthier life inside and outside of the cage.”
Cui also invited other MMA organizations to follow suit.
“I invite the two other major global MMA organizations, Bellator and UFC, to follow in our footsteps to protect athletes and to eliminate the process of weight cutting by dehydration,” said Cui.