Iaquinta: I’m weighing in early, and then I’ll start eating
The UFC has a potentially deadly problem with extreme weight cutting in the league. UFC president Dana White recently declared a return to afternoon weigh-ins, arguing that the handful of high-profile misses this year are due to the change to early morning weigh-ins.
UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta is not impressed.
“I’m going to weigh-in and then I’m going to start eating,” said a defiant Iaquinta to Brett Okamoto for ESPN. “I signed a contract under the assumption we are weighing in in the morning, so we are. There will be no afternoon weigh-in, 100 percent.”
“Dana is out of line, and this is the last straw. They’ve never seen anyone like me. I will do everything in my power to make sure this is done the right way. We are weighing in in the morning.”
Iaquinta isn’t just a fighter in the Octagon – he’s game to go up against management too. He sat out for two years in a contract dispute, and is very public about his efforts to unionize fighters via Project Spearhead.
“I’ve got to keep fighting inside the cage and out,” he said. “The UFC needs a person like me, because I love this sport and Dana, I don’t know if he loves this anymore. I think he’s just addicted to the spotlight and making it all about him.
“The more Dana White gets in front of a mic, the stronger we get. The more he opens his mouth, the more [Project Spearhead] forms we fill out. The fighters have gotten a taste of what it feels like to get a full, almost 36 hours of time to rehydrate. I’ve reached out to more than enough people to know that if he moves that, it will the last straw that does him in.”
Iaquinta, who is coming off a losing title fight vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, fights Justin Gaethje on August 25, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 135, in Lincoln, Nebraska.