Since the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s implementation of early morning weigh-ins, a staggering total of 62 fighters have missed weight for their match ups inside the octagon. Following UFC President Dana White’s reveal that he plans to return to traditional weigh-ins, UFC Fighters have come forward with their thoughts on the matter.
Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Dana White broke the news that the promotion will be going back to late afternoon weigh-ins.
“Yes, I do think it’s (the early weigh-ins), and guess what? We’re getting rid of it. We’re looking at taking the weigh-ins back to the way they used to be so that when the (fighters) weigh in there at the (ceremonial weigh-ins), that will be it. That’ll be the real weigh-in.”
“Here’s what I believe: I believe any time you change something, everybody looks to take as much advantage as they can of the situation. And I think that when we started doing morning weigh-ins, it was very good – everyone was making weight and it was great. And then people started cutting it closer and closer, thinking they can put on more weight because they have more time to recover. The reality is, it (expletive) everything up.
“So we’re looking to go back to at 4 o’clock when we do the (ceremonial) weigh-ins, that will be the real weigh-ins. The other thing is, I don’t know any fighters that are morning people. Most of them stay up half the night and sleep half the day, so that might have something to do with the morning weigh-ins (being a problem), too. You have to get up early to make sure you’re on weight.”
“We’re going to work with (the athletic commissions) to get it done.”
Taking to Twitter, a series of fighters have now come forward with their thoughts on the matter. Check it out below: