a reply to: MagnaCarta2015
Not necessarily what was his weight come fight night? Something like 168 or so, its probably his actual normal weight. Most of them cut lots of
weight to reach there fight weight and they usually fight 1 or 2 weight classes down to get a size advantage on opponents.
There are dudes who fight at light heavy 205 who walk around at 230 or over easily, look at Jon Jones or Anthony Rumble Jackson they have the body
frame to be fighting heavyweight easily and so do a lot of other fighters in that weight division, some could go up to heavy weight literally just
by eating normally and working out normally.
And at heavy weight most of them cut from there normal weight of 270 to 250 or so. Some like Lesnar when he used to fight was walking at over 285
pounds and would fight at 265, so really its quite normal the jump in weight that Connor did. The dude has a 74 in reach I think it said on the fight
play, and fights at 240? Most people who are 6'0 and 230 have around a 71 in reach, so he has the size for fighting at welterweight thats for sure.
Even Nate Diaz has the body type and size to reach Middle weight or light heavy weight class easily if he wanted to the dude is 6,0 and has a 76 in
reach. That's around what some heavyweight fighters in terms or height and reach are at. The guy himselfs and like Connor cuts weight like crazy to
stay at his weightclass, mostely for the reason why they all do it so that they would have a size advantage at that class, and because if they would
fight at there normal weight class then in Nates case he would have to fight dudes who probably cut from heavy to reach light heavy like Jon Jones or
It seems kind of silly to me because you put your body through a lot to cut that much weight and maintain it like that, can even be bad for you in the
long run and as they get older it will be almost impossible to stay at that lower weight, but you know, size does matter. Even in this fight, props
to Nate as he is the better ground fighter and did stumble Connor a bit with a few shots before sinking in that choke, but if it were not for the body
size and frame advantage, and reach of Nate, then Connor would be able to shake of those hits, and even escape that choke at the end if it was a
lighter smaller fighter by simply out muscling him or shaking him off but when you got a taller guy on your back its easier to control a smaller
fighter especially with back control and rear naked choke attempt.
I think they even said him or his coach before the fight that Connor should not have taken this fight at 170. So ya size does matter. Its why there
are weight classes are there to begin with.
Though they need to revamp the whole thing, a 10 pound difference does not matter all that much, they need to make more broader fight classes make it
more of a middle ground instead of a bunch of weight classes every 10 pounds or so, and would also cut on the amount of fighters who are way heavier
or bigger from cutting weight like crazy to fight down 3 weight classes just so they can have a frame and size advantage on that weight class.