Scanning the morning’s headline news last week, I stumbled upon a bizarre headline in the sidebar that prompted me to click to inquire further.
“53 Year Old Fighter Loses It When Opponent Misses Weight By 28 Pounds”
The article was from late December and described the pre-MMA fight weigh-in between women’s heavyweight Gabi Garcia and 53 year old pro wrestler-turned-politician Shinobu Kandori.
Apparently Ms. Garcia weighed in at a whopping 28 pounds over the 209 pound weight limit for the fight. Ms. Kandori weighed in at 162 pounds.
Why Ms. Kandori would want to fight in a 209 weight class at only 162 pounds is beyond me. Well, actually, why either of these ladies would want to fight at all is beyond me. But, I digress.
Apparently this was a much hyped, highly anticipated fight and Ms. Kandori was understandably upset with Ms. Garcia’s lack of preparation for the weigh-in.
I mean, come on! How can a fighter NOT KNOW that she is going to be overweight for a prescheduled, pre-fight weigh-in? It’s not like this was a random drug test for pete’s sake. Ms. Garcia is a professional MMA fighter for crying out loud. Weigh-ins are a part of the sport.
I am similarly flabbergasted when I meet parents of young or disabled children who have done nothing to plan their affairs to ensure that their kids will be protected and raised by the people they choose should the unthinkable happen.
Forgive my soapbox here but I don’t need to tell you that parenthood is a huge responsibility and privilege. Part of that responsibility IMHO includes planning for your children’s future if you are not around.
And no, having your sister agree to raise your kids if you die is NOT the same thing as putting a legally binding plan into place.
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I suppose I should probably cut Ms. Garcia a little slack. Apparently she was having some personal family issues that affected her training for the fight. Still, if fighting is your livelihood, I still think you need to buck up and make your weigh-in. Or, if you know you will be overweight, gracefully bow out prior to weigh-in.
As a parent, bowing out is not an option. We are in it for the long haul and our care and planning for our children never ends.
Kristen “Armchair MMA Fight Analyst” Marks