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NZ HERALD : MMA: Weight cutting-related deaths prompt King in the Ring to introduce mandatory restrictions

Late last year, a young Australian Muay Thai fighter lost her life while weight cutting before an amateur bout. Trying to rapidly drop to the 64kg limit for her class, Jessica Lindsaypassed out while on a run and died in hospital four days later.

It was the second weight cutting-related death in Australia in 2017, and prompted King in the Ring promoter Jason Suttie to take action against the practice to ensure nothing similar would happen in New Zealand.

"Our show is the leading kickboxing show in the country, and it's a platform for our Kiwi fighters to fight overseas, so we just though why don't we lead the way and start a safe weight cutting regime," Suttie told the Herald.