Dana White: No fight-night weight plans for now

by Dann Stupp and John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson has come down from as high as 230 to fight at 170. When he failed to make weight at UFC 142 on Friday by an unprecedented eleven pounds over the 186-pound cutoff, there was intense fan curiosity at what he was going to be when he actualy stepped into the Octagon.

UFC President Dana White accomodated, tweeting that Vitor Belfort weighed in at 205.6 pounds while Johnson was 211, meaning he would not have made weight for the next division up.

"This one was so controversial, and I played the whole behind-the-scenes of how it went down and what happened, which we've never done before," said White, who covered the weigh-in fiasco in his video blog and via Twitter.

Prior to the start of Saturday's pay-per-view event, White tweeted that Belfort weighed 205.6 pounds while Johnson was 211.

"I knew people would be curious about the weights," said White. "And had I not, people would have thought he weighed 230 tonight. You see how big he was?"

There has been a long-time UG campaign for "fight-night weights" to be added to the tale of the tape. White is aware of the interest, but presently has no plans to institute an entirely new procedure.

"Right now? No," he said. "There are no plans."

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bhealthy site profile image  

1/16/12 8:35 PM by bhealthy

fight night wieghts would bring a major element of truth to a sport primarily built on Fantasy. dont look for it. too many people would be depressed to find out that thier hero is actuaslly 0-20 against people thier own size.

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1/16/12 8:05 PM by duckhuntgangsta

Maybe I'm not giving casual fans enough credit, but what I go bunks my friends who "love the sport" but can't remember what the weight classes are.

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1/16/12 6:26 PM by TheBeebs


ds1970 site profile image  

1/16/12 4:54 PM by ds1970

Yep, and there's already confusion when one fighter is taller than the other.  Too many people assume that a taller fighter is automatically bigger.

Tad Ghostal site profile image  

1/16/12 4:50 PM by Tad Ghostal

Trouble is we already have Goldie and Rogan creating confusion with their comments, e.g. Maynard weighing 200lbs and Edgar not cutting any weight.

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1/16/12 4:38 PM by duckhuntgangsta

^^ The weigh in results. *Facepalm*

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1/16/12 4:37 PM by duckhuntgangsta

More often than not he does deliver. I for one would NOT like to see this as part of the broadcast. It creates confusion for someone that doesn't understand the sport, divisions, and weight cutting. It's a distraction that's not important IMO. I would be just as happy for Dana to officially release during the fight or the day after.

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1/16/12 3:42 PM by Enemies

Very few people would be fighting in the same division if fight night weigh-ins were implemented.

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1/15/12 6:08 PM by ChokeEmOut

Yeah, adding that is such a huge undertaking. /sarcasmPerhaps he just doesn't want everyone to see just how ridiculous weight cutting is in MMA.The media would write a shit storm about it. Fighters weighing 20 pounds etc.

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1/15/12 5:34 PM by Chiron

It would be nice if they'd do weigh-ins like an hour before the fight even if they were unofficial. The fans should know how much different fighters weigh.Making them official would be even better. Hell, just do this. Keep the day-before weigh-ins but make fighters pass a urine and blood hydration test. That way you can only fight at a weight if you're hydrated at that weight. Then have them have to make weight again a couple hours before the fight. 1) Fighters would be forced to fight in the weight divisions they should really be in.2) No more poor performances due to dehydration.3) No more risking kidney health.4) No more risking making fighters have to fight in a division higher than they've historically been in or lose more in their current division because they have trouble cutting the weight as they get older.5) No more rewarding people for being good at something that has nothing to do with actually fighting. 6) They could take the blood sample and use it to test for PED's if they want.