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Extreme weight-cutting has long plagued mixed martial arts since the sport became regulated in the early 2000s. Different athletic commissions have proposed varied solutions, but Evolution Fighting Championship has taken it upon itself to blaze new ground in that regard at its next event.
On Saturday in Mulvane, KS, the upstart promotion is launching several new additions to the traditional weight class structure at Evolution Fighting Championship 7, which streams live on FloCombat at 7 PM ET, with the card's main event being the most prominent effort.
In EFC 7's top-billed matchup, local fan favorite and Bellator/LFA veteran Chris Harris will fight top prospect Kyle Kurtz of Missouri for the super-welterweight title at 175 pounds.
The traditional weight limit for the welterweight division caps off at 171 pounds for a non-title affair and 170 pounds for a championship tilt, but Harris and Kurtz will step in to sling leather at a point north of the typical boundaries yet south of the 185-pound mark where middleweight action takes place.
To put things into perspective, Harris' past eight scraps have come in the 185-pound division, but a loss to FloCombat's No. 1-ranked prospect at the weight in Brendan Allen has the former Bellator veteran looking for a fresh start. And that's precisely the opportunity he'll have on Saturday night at EFC 7.
More new ground will be broken when Manny Meraz and Rome Lindsay square off in an industry-first professional bout at 165 pounds. This matchup will mark the first fight in EFC's new super-lightweight class, which has the potential to open up the floodgates for talent lingering between the welterweight and lightweight folds.
There is also plenty of action slated in the traditional divisions, as current EFC lightweight champ Cody Carrillo looks to make his first title defense against Dawond Pickney in the card's co-main event.
Three additional fights fill out the pro card, which includes female fan favorite Kelsey Adkins, the pro debut of Tyler Ingram, and multiple-time EFC Fight of the Night contender Branden Chevrefils, who makes his first MMA appearance with EFC.
EFC 7 also brings a stacked amateur card to kick off the evening, featuring kickboxing talent, two female bouts, and a hearty dose of some developing regional MMA talent.
How to Watch EFC 7
On TV: Now Available on Roku and Apple TV 4 — download the FloSports app now.
STREAMING: Only on FloCombat with a PRO subscription. A yearly PRO subscription provides access to ALL FloSports sites.