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Quebec explains UFC 158 weigh-in loophole | UFC NEWS


There were a few head scratches last week when a video surfaced of the UFC 158 weigh ins between champ Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel Michael Mersh handled it peculiar fashion.

Just prior to approaching the scale, Diaz and his camp were made aware that both fighters were allowed to weigh in over the 170-pound weight limit — so long as they came in under 171.

That information came just a few minutes before weigh-ins and was caught on video tape

The information did Diaz little good and when asked why said information was not made available beforehand, Mersh indicated it was an “off the record type of thing.” It’s since been called the “Canadian Loophole.”

MMAmania.com contacted representatives from the Régie des alcools des courses et des jeux (Quebec’s athletic commission) confirmed that both fighters made weight within the parameters of their contracts. In addition, their regulation on combat sports does not take decimals into account.

Both St. Pierre and Diaz could have weighed anywhere from 170.1-170.9 and still qualified as 170. That is not the norm in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), where championship bouts must be at the established weight limit.

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82 Comments to Quebec explains UFC 158 weigh-in loophole | UFC NEWS

  1. Dddddddd says:

    They shouldve just let Anthony Johnson and Cyborg fight there.

  2. A. Chung says:

    A rule that is “an off the record thing” means it is only applied when necessary. That is call give one person an unfair advantage over another. GSP would probably still have won the fight; however, he was given an unfair advantage and that makes the Canadian Athletic commission look dirty!

  3. Gargoyle Wrestling says:

    Canadian government sucks!! Let’s invade them and bring Constitutional freedom to their huddled masses. I got my AR-15….

    • Broman says:

      What does that have to do with anything?

      • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

        Lol..Nothing really, just ALL socialist countries suck because they have shitty politicians. Little humor.

        • LOL@you! says:

          You, sir, are an idiot. Perhaps you should look into the records of true socialist countries, instead of listening to the republican banter in the U.S.

          Those countries are doing better than us, and their people are happier because they don’t die if they stop working.

          As for all of this, I believe it says they both made weight as they were suppose to. Case closed, right? I’m sure Diaz will continue to kick and scream like the little girl he is to try and make a few more bucks off of GSP. Anything to not have to actually earn his way back.

    • Robert says:

      Keep your “freedom” down there with you we are just fine up here without your illusions of liberty.

  4. magoo says:

    I’m sure glad we don’t have a president that’s gonna break our country, you cant run a country without a budget and keep printing money you don’t have!!! it’s a shit show down south I feel bad for you Americans!!

    • daniel says:

      So do I, lol. There was a time that I was a proud American, but that us slowly fading as our political leaders shame our country……but I digress. GSP would have won this any way, but the commission does look kinda fishy here. Maybe they knew GSP was having trouble getting down to exactly 170, or maybe it was an honest misunderstanding, but it is strange. So hey, let Nick have 20 percent and be done with it. Boom, end of story.

    • Gargoyle Wrestling says:

      No, its just our way. We’ll soon get rid of these socialist/marxist bastards and Freedom will be back in style. Whereas I feel sorry for you Canadians. You think socialism is good!!! You’ve gotten use to mediocrity. That’s called hell on earth.

  5. kong says:

    Oh i see it’s all cleared up now.

  6. some guy says:

    i dont know about anyone else, i would love to see GSP and Diaz go at it again…. but only after diaz ditches cesar gracie and becomes a more complete fighter. I mean don’t get me wrong Diaz is almost complete he’s a beast with his BJJ and his striking is beast and lets not forget his cardio. BUT he does need improvement on takedown defense, and his wrestling needs improvement. I am a huge fan and enjoy watching both Diaz brothers. they are misunderstood and i think its a shame the way the UFC makes them look like the bad guys. but give me a Diaz brawl and some stockton slaps over lay n pray snooze fests any day!!

    • Shameful says:

      Nick Diaz is arguably the least professional professional fighter ever. He routinely blows off promotional duties and comes of as delusional, puerile and whiny in interviews. The UFC does not make him look bad. He makes himself look bad and being a well-known UFC fighter exposes him to more people than if he was any other unprofessional stoner.

  7. BG says:

    They’re really still holding on to this? After the shady “hand wraps” trick, now they’re still complaining? I’m pretty sure this is well known, and if I had to decide which is more likely GSP’s camp (and Canada) being deceitful, or the Diaz/Gracie camp not being headsup and aware…

    I’d suggest not believing the headlines and talking points. I’m an American and I happen to think Canada is a fine sovereign state, just like the US. Our country is not being bankrupted or run into the ground. ~30% of the US constantly SAYS our country is being run into the ground. Liberals said it for 8 yrs, now the conservatives say it. It’s posturing and propaganda. It’s ok to not understand how our system works (it does in fact, just oddly) esp if you’re from another state, if you don’t understand it and you live here… well you’re probably part of that 30%.

  8. YoMama says:

    GSP = Canadian version of Ivan Drago.

  9. Biden says:

    Let’s see what would happen if the weight thing would’ve been “put right” cause .9lbs was just too much extra weight on top of Diaz for him to handle and GSP’s hand wrapping would’ve been watched:

    1. GSP would’ve still won all 5 rounds
    2. Diaz still would’ve been a baby about it
    3. Diaz still would’ve said he “retired”

    Yeah, Diaz the ultimate rule follower who should’ve been DQ’d for throwing shots at GSP after the bell. Diaz said GSP hit like a bitch but now he could’ve had loaded wraps because maybe he didn’t hit like a bitch? Doesn’t add up.

    • You're wrong says:

      GSP looked mighty gaunt during the weigh ins. He looked at the max limit of his weight cutting abilities. The point is, if he can’t make weight then maybe he shouldn’t be fighting welterweights and move up to the more appropriate middleweight class.

  10. Scotty says:

    Everyone has to stop with the “Diaz would have lost no matter what?” NO KIDDING! But where did it say in any of these articles the .9 was the factor of the loss? Nowhere.. They are showing how the Canadian athletic commission gave GSP special treatment.. And the UFC never goes against any athletic commissions decisions.. A title fight states u have to come in at the exact weight or less.. This would have changed the fight to a non title fight and all hell would have broke loose, reason u dont see dana or anyone in the UFC make a statement about it.. Because they know GSP was .9 pounds over but the commission said he was 170 and thats where it stands.. Its called principal, the rules are the rules and no one should get special treatment because u are a million dollar baby and hometown fighter..

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