- Dana White was quizzed to comment about the issue regarding the alleged altering of UFC 274 weighing scale
- The UFC president already has a plan to ensure it won’t happen again
If reports are to be true, someone or something has “messed up” the weighing scale the fighters used at the UFC 274 official weigh-ins. While nothing is concrete yet at this point, UFC president Dana White has already come up with an ideal solution.
UFC 274 fighters allege ‘messed up’ scale affected cut, coach claims it led to Charles Oliveira’s weight miss (@guicruzzz, @damonmartin, @mikeheck_jr) https://t.co/k7EOf1pDw4 pic.twitter.com/bdgZXFCG8b
— MMA Fighting (@MMAFighting) May 6, 2022
Someone is accountable
As expected, the media raised the issue during White’s UFC 274 post-fight press conference. According to the 52-year-old, it is possible that “Europeans” or other foreign fighters must have altered the scales as they are used to using kilos instead of pounds. Having said that, White reckoned that it might have been the root cause of the matter.
“We have this issue where guys come out and they’ll start checking the scale the night before and all the Europeans and guys from other parts of the world do kilos, so they all start f****** with the scale to look at kilos and, who knows,” White told in his presser at Footprint Center in Phoenix.
An intensified security is needed
Being the head of the promotion, White is well aware that he must do something about it. As of now, the UFC boss is planning to deploy a “security guard” in the exact location of the scale in order to avoid such bizarre issues.
“There’s so many moving parts to this beast of a machine that we run every week, and we’ve got to have a security guard in there where the scale is now,” he declared. “It’s something we’re going to have to do.”
After learning that Oliveira weighed in last on Friday morning, White reacted in horror.
“No…oh my f****** god,” he said of his reaction. “It’s the worst thing that can happen during a … [UFC executive] Lenee Breckenridge … hit me with all the people, and I hit her back and said, ‘No [Charles] Oliveira?’ And she’s like, ‘He’s up next.’
“So I was like, oh s***. Why’s he last, and the worst that could possibly happen happened.”
Whatever the truth about the scale is, the UFC should really have to work on it. Until then, let’s hope that Charles Oliveira will be the last and no UFC champion will ever have to deal with it again.