Count Joe Rogan in as someone who thinks Charles Oliveira got screwed at UFC 274 when he missed weight by .5 pounds.
On a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan stated the now-former lightweight champion to screwed and explained the situation.
“He’s a very, very nice guy, and he got screwed in his last fight. There was some shenanigans with the scale. Some people messed with the scale,” Rogan said. “Here’s a problem these digital scales, foreign fighters- they use kilograms. And in America, obviously, we use pounds, right… So, these scales are calibrated and then the foreign fighters would reset the scale so they could switch it back to kilograms. So it fu*ked up the whole calibration. And so he would weigh in the night before the weigh-ins, and he was like, ‘oh, I’m good to go.’ And then in the morning, he goes and shows up for the weight cut and it’s a pound plus off and that is directly related to this calibration issue.”
UFC president Dana White told reporters after UFC 274 that the promotion will hire security guards to watch the scales. Rogan agreed with the decision.
“Yeah, so and now they have a UFC has a new policy because of this calibration issue. They have a guard who watches over the scale 24 hours a day, like they have shifts, where no one can fu*k with the scale like that. If you’re gonna get on that scale to try yourself, they’re gonna watch you like a hawk and you don’t press any buttons. You just get on, look at your weight, get off. That’s it,” Rogan said.
Rogan blamed the scale issues on Phoenix, Arizona. However, he said it wasn’t a knock on the city; it was more along the lines of the situation being a mistake and the state not putting on a lot of huge shows.
“So these guys were monkeying around with the scale. It’s Phoenix, that’s what it is. It’s not a knock on Phoenix. I love Phoenix. It’s just that the people that are there, don’t do high level World Championship MMA fights on a regular basis. They do a few. We’ve had a good good time there. They’ve had some good events there. But they just made a mistake. They’ll let these guys do it. And there should have been someone watching the scale. And if the scale was off, and that’s a fact. Look, it’s not the best excuse because Justin Gaethje made weight. Everybody else made weight except one of the women that fought earlier in the night, but that’s it.” Rogan said.
Oliveira was stripped of his weight miss, and the belt is now vacant, even though everyone in the MMA community believes the Brazilian is the rightful champion.
All signs point to an Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev matchup later this year.