The circumstances surrounding the UFC Tampa main event this week were bizarre, but UFC President Dana White ultimately chalked it up to mind games.
Multiple reports earlier this week stated Joanna Jedrzejczyk had informed the UFC that she would not be able to make the strawweight limit for her main event bout with Michelle Waterson. Hours later, however, the main event looked back on with Jedrzejczyk saying she would attempt to hit the limit in her cut.
Jedrzejczyk ultimately came in at 115.5 pounds, making weight for the contest.
In a video interview with TMZ, White said that there was “never an issue” regarding the former strawweight champion’s weight cut.
“What has been happening is there [have] been some head games going on between two veterans who are fighting in the main event in a fight that is very important in both of their careers and to see who gets the next title shot,” White said. “And, all these MMA suckers fall for it because they’re hearing things behind-the-scenes.”
“Never, ever, ever was there a thing that Joanna couldn’t make weight.”
White even tossed criticism to his promotion’s own broadcast partner, ESPN, for helping to fuel the alleged misinformation.
“Yesterday [October 10], my partner, ESPN, put up on their ticker tape Joanna Jedrzejczyk didn’t make weight. The weigh-ins are today [October 11]!”
Original Story: TMZ