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Response to: Alarming weight cutting behaviours in mixed martial arts
  1. Victor Silveira Coswig,
  2. Fabrício Boscolo Del Vecchio
  1. Superior School of Physical Education, Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Professor Victor Silveira Coswig, Superior School of Physical Education, Federal University of Pelotas, Nilo Peçanha 120A, 207. Pelotas 96055-410, Brazil; vcoswig{at}

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This letter explains why the recent editorial1 may be misguided and proposes an alternative view. MMA organisations which already have eight weight divisions in male and two in female combats, and more in Olympic combat sports, including judo (7), taekwondo (4 in Olympic Games), wrestling (6 for males and 3 for female) and boxing (10 in male and 3 in female divisions), do not justify more categories.

Otherwise, the indication that 2% of weight loss can increase brain trauma risk it is at …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.