GSP Is Not A Fan Of New Weigh-In Process
Georges St-Pierre is the latest in a list of names who are not fans the weigh-in procedures that have been put in place in 2016.
Prior to June, 2016, the common practice was a mid-afternoon weigh in the day before the fight. Since the rule change fighters have been forced to step on the scale several hours earlier to mixed results.
Around 40 fighters missed weight for UFC bouts in the 17 months since early weigh-ins were introduced, and created the issue that lead to Kevin Lee missing weight by one pound, and having to re-weigh in an hour later for UFC 216. St-Pierre has been away from the sport nearly four years, and is not looking forward to the new weigh-in procedure.
“I think the new rule of doing the weigh-in earlier is bad because it makes the fighter cut more weight… They have more time for recuperation before the fight. I think it’s the worst thing they could do. It’s good for re-hydration because you have more time, but if you know you have more time, you’ll cut more weight. I think it’s bad. I think it’s very bad.”
An argument that has been prevalent in MMA circles has been the idea of more weight classes, St-Pierre has an alternative to that.
“You could do (more weight classes), or you could the weigh-in over several days so everyone will stay in their weight class… 30 days before, every week you have to weigh-in, on the day of the fight you have to weigh in. That would make sense. It’s always been an issue and it is what it is.