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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FIGHTER NO-SHOWS OR MISSES WEIGHT FOR A FIGHT?
"I haven't had an opponent no-show on me yet, but it is a big fear of mine. That's the ultimate low of lows." -- Current Minnesota licensed amateur combatant
No-showing an event, or missing the weight you agreed to fight at, is something the Minnesota Office of Combative Sports takes very seriously. A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make a a fight happen, so when someone shows up overweight, or doesn't show up at all, it costs people a lot of time and money.
For these reasons, we have the following policy for fighters who miss weight or no-show an event:
* First offense -- Written warning. (The written warning is also noted on the fighter's national record, so that every regulatory body is aware that the fighter had an issue.)
* Second offense -- 60-day suspension.
* Third offense -- six-month suspension and possible revocation of license.
As you can see, someone who is a repeat offender can face extensive penalties that could affect their career. Being labeled as a person who consistently misses weight, or no-shows, could also result in that person being denied a license with other regulatory bodies.
Keep in mind that missing weight, or no-showing, also affects more people than just the regulatory body or yourself. Here's how a couple fighters feel about it:
"There is absolutely nothing more upsetting and frustrating than dealing with a no-show in MMA, especially if you both are each