Earlier this month UFC announced that they are moving their pre-event weigh-ins from mid-day to a two-hour window from 9-11 am. The early weigh-in experiment, which has been going on for two years now is nearing an end.
UFC president Dana White revealed that the string of scale failure over the last few events had forced him to look back to the old style weigh-ins.
Several fighters aren’t thrilled about the possibility of not being able to weigh in early in the morning, and some loved the idea of an early start.
Recently White revealed he would keep the same weigh-ins for the time being for next week’s TUF 27 Finale and UFC 226 events in Las Vegas.
According to UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance, Jeff Novitzky, fighters will step on the scale in the early mornings for weigh-ins like they have been doing since the policy came into effect.
“We appreciate the feedback we’ve received to date as we continue to work with athletic commissions and federations to actively analyze the issue and consider implementing new policies to further support safe weight management practices,” Jeff Novitzky, UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, wrote in a memo sent to fighters competing next weekend, which was obtained by ESPN. “Going forward, UFC athletes and support will be notified well in advance of any policy changes surrounding weigh-in times and weight management policy.”
For the time being, those who were happy with changing of time can get the benefit so they can re-hydrate faster before fight time.
TUF 27 Finale is set to take place on July 6 and will be headlined by undefeated contender Israel Adesanya and divisional veteran Brad Tavares for a middleweight showdown, while UFC 226 will take place on July 7, and the main headliner features a heavyweight slugfest between current UFC champions Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.