CSAC Executive Officer Andy Foster has taken the lead in fighting the culture of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts. And during an appearance on The Last Round podcast, Foster linked weight-cutting with the sport's performance-enhancing drug issue, and more.
"Weight cutting, neurological health, and performance-enhancing drugs do not exist in a vacuum alone," explained Foster, as transcribed by Edward Carbajal for MyMMANews. "I think many times these are connected issues. ... A fighter might cut weight using a diuretic or a PED to maintain their strength and that extra strength allows them to hit harder, which causes neurological injury to their opponent."
Foster has interviewed countless fighters caught for PED use, and frequently hears about the link.
"I've seen this over and over again, 'Mr. Foster, Mr. Foster. I only did it because I needed to maintain my strength for the cut,'" said the CSAC boss, who believed solving the weight-cutting issue, will lessen the problem with PED use and brain trauma.
"I'm saying we solve neurological health, I'm not saying we solve PEDs," said Foster. "But I'm saying we can mitigate those two, and at least reduce the number of those other two pieces that I call 'the regulatory triangle' that I focus on if we can solve the weight."