‘Weight-gate’ update: Diaz attorney releases private text messages

Friday, March 29, 2013

Jonathan Tweedale, Nick Diaz’s lawyer, contacted Bloody Elbow and exclusively provided very interesting text message transcripts from the evening of the weigh in, explaining “Given some of the media coverage, we need to set the record straight on the timing that the issue of the 0.9 was raised by Nick Diaz. The issue was pursued immediately. On the evening of March 15, Mike Mersch and I exchanged the following correspondence (via text message), in which he denied any knowledge of a .9 allowance or ignoring the decimal.”

Mersch, again, was the man in the video who informed the camp of the “no decimal” changes.

Here is the text conversation between Tweedale (JDT) and Mersch (MM), which starts at 9:24 p.m.:

JDT: “Hi Mike. Nick is curious about the .9 pound allowance at today’s weigh-in for his championship bout. He doesn’t want to be a nuisance about this, but he’s a bit confused. Can you shed any light?”

MM: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. All parties weighed in appropriately according [to] the Quebec Commission.”

JDT: “Of course. You’re right, and he knows that. He just wanted to know why the Quebec Commission was okay with a 0.9 pound weight allowance for a championship fight. Nick’s not going to make an issue of it, but it’s been gnawing at him since it was explained to him at the weigh-ins, on an “off the record” basis or otherwise. I just want him to stop thinking about it, and thought you could provide some insight.”

MM: “I have been told everyone made weight so there’s nothing to make an issue about. He might want to focus on how he’s going to win the fight rather than spending the night making excuses about why he lost.”

The correspondence continued at 9:46 p.m.:

JDT: “C’mon Mike you’re just going to stonewall on this issue? We’re reaching out in a discreet manner, as appropriate in the circumstances. Meet us half-way.”

MM: “Huh? The Commission determined both fighters weighed 170 or less. What am I supposed to do about that? I would think Nick would be excited to compete for the UFC Welterweight title. Seems like he’s focused on the wrong issue.”

JDT: “No one wants you to *do* anything. If the answer is simply “the Quebec Commission permits a promoter to request that .9 pounds be rounded down in a championship fight (unlike, e.g., the Washington commission for Nate’s fight), and Zuffa made that request here”, then pls confirm. Far better to reach out this way than the uncooperative Twitter/media way.”

MM: “How would I know what the Quebec Commission does? I was informed everyone made weight like everyone else at the weigh in. Zuffa made no requests for anything from the Quebec Commission. Good luck to Nick with the fight.”

JDT: “Okay. I’ll let Nick know that you can’t shed any light on why Quebec treats 170.9 as 170 in a championship fight. Disappointing. Thanks for your time and your wish of luck to Nick for the fight.”

MM: “Again I have no idea what you’re talking about. The Quebec Commission indicated both fighters were 170 or lower.”

JDT: “If you don’t know then I should be asking someone else. No worries, Mike. Which UFC exec advised Nick and his entourage before the weigh-in that “If you’re 170.2, you’re 170. If you’re 170.9, you’re 170…that’s a kinda off the record type of thing”?”

MM: “I would think you’d direct that to the source: the Quebec Commission. The UFC has nothing to do with weigh ins in Quebec.”

Tweedale explained, “We appreciate that Mr. Mersch was in a difficult position, evidently having been instructed by the Quebec Commission to relay to Mr. Diaz some last-minute, unlawful ‘rule changes’ to give the hometown fighter a reprieve from his duty to make weight at 170 pounds.

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