UFC 226 & TUF Finale To Have Early Weigh-Ins
While Dana White still is pushing forward with the return of afternoon weigh-ins, the current system will remain in place for next weekend’s events.
Jeff Novitzky, UFC’s vice president of athlete health and performance, confirmed to the fighters on next week’s TUF Finale and UFC 226 cards in Las Vegas that the morning weigh-ins will remain, as a push for the afternoon has not been finalized.
“We appreciate the feedback we’ve received to date as we continue to work with athletic commissions and federations to actively analyze the issue and consider implementing new policies to further support safe weight management practices,” Novitzky wrote in a memo sent to fighters and managers, which was obtained by ESPN.
“Going forward, UFC athletes and support will be notified well in advance of any policy changes surrounding weigh-in times and weight management policy.”
The early weigh-in format was instituted prior to UFC 199 in June 2016, moving away from holding weigh-ins in the afternoon. The goal was to allow fighters more time to re-hydrate before their fights the next day, but would result in an unusual number of fighters missing weight.
According to a report by MMAJunkie.com, from June 6, 2014, to May 30, 2016, the UFC held 950 fights with only 32 fighters missing weight prior to those bouts using the afternoon weigh-in format. However, from June 3, 2016, to May 31, 2018, 62 fighters missed weight during the early weigh-ins ahead of the 962 fights the UFC put on during that stretch.
“We’re getting rid of it,” White told the UFC Unfiltered podcast on the morning weigh-ins. “We’re looking at taking the weigh-ins back to the way they used to be. So when the guys weigh in there [in the afternoon], that will be it. That’ll be the real weigh-in.”
Original Report: ESPN