It looks like the experiment of an early weigh-in has been a failure. Hydration before the fight has so many different opinions. According to the old rules, fighters had to be on the scale somewhere in the time frame between 9-11 AM, and it seems this is something many of them disagree.
Dana White believes this system is not the best option. Daniel Cormier and Georges St-Pierre stood by his side. Unfortunately, the number of the fighters missing weight grows rapidly. (via MMAMania.com)
“Yes, I do think it’s that, and guess what? We’re getting rid of it,” White said via MMA Fighting. “We’re looking at taking the weigh-ins back to the way they used to be. So when the guys weigh in there, at the (ceremonial weigh-ins), that will be it. That’ll be the real weigh-in.”
Dana White claims that the positive aspect of the weigh-ins was to allow the fighters sufficient time to hydrate for the fight. However, Dana White believes some fighters should take an advantage.
“Here’s what I believe,” White said. “Any time you change something, everybody looks to take as much advantage as they can of the situation. I think that when we started doing morning weigh-ins, it was very good. Everybody was making weight, everything was great,” he said.
“But then people started cutting it closer and closer and closer, thinking they can put on more weight because they have more time to recover, and the reality is, it f**ked everything up. So we’re looking at going back to — at 4 p.m. PT — when we do the weigh-ins, those will be the real weigh-ins.”
While the old process should have been approved by various athletic commissions, White believes the new one is the shot to the heart. Is he right or wrong? We are about to see.
“The other thing is, I don’t know any fighters that are morning people. Most of them stay up half the night and sleep half the day, so that might have something to do with the morning weigh-ins too,” he concluded.
What do you think, did Dana White made a mistake here? Has the previous method been good or not? Please share your thoughts!