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It seems obvious why there are weight classes in combat sports - bigger fighters have an advantage over smaller ones.

But it also seems obvious that some physical attributes confer an advantage in other sports. For example, tall players have an advantage in basketball. Why aren't there "height classes" in basketball then?

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Safety, mostly

A basketball team that loses very badly is humiliated. A boxer (or wrestler, mixed martial artist, etc.) who loses very badly might be severely hurt or even killed. Per Wikipedia, weight classes were originally established in boxing because "size mismatches were dangerous for the smaller boxer and unsatisfying for the spectators".

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