Citing Weight and Drug Test, Diaz Camp States that GSP Must Legally Fight Rematch or Vacate Belt | UFC NEWS
Following some unusual circumstances before and after his fight against Georges St. Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 158, Nick Diaz and his camp will be filing an official complaint against Quebec’s athletic commission regarding its handling of contractual obligations of weight requirements and the post-fight drug tests.
Last week, a video was released showing UFC Senior Vice President, Michael Mersh, telling the Diaz camp at the pre-fight weigh-ins that both fighters will be allowed to weigh up to .9 lbs above the contracted limit of 170 lbs.
The Canadian commission, the Régie des Alcools des Courses et Des Jeux, confirmed, “our regulation on combat sports does not take decimals into account. Their consideration is a question of interpretation likely to be debated between the two parties under contract.”
A representative from the Diaz camp, Jonathan Tweedale, released this statement: “The Quebec Commission’s statement is a disappointing admission that the March 16 event was not conducted under the rules applicable to a UFC title fight- or under the rules the fighters contractually agreed to, upon which rules Mr. Diaz was entitled to rely under his bout agreement.”
Tweedale also stated in an email with MMAFighting.com, “Section 168 of the Regulation respecting combat sports provides that the maximum weight that a fighter must achieve at the official weigh-in shall be determined in advance by contract- and if the fighter does not make the contracted weight- in theis case 170 pounds- then 20% of his purse or ‘the contestant’s remuneration’ will be deducted and paid to his opponent… The contracted weight for this fight was 170 pounds. 170.9 is not 170, anywhere in the world, for a title fight. There is no question what ‘170 pounds’ means, in the bout agreement, as a matter of contractual interpretation… The Quebec Commission deliberately relaxed the rule in this case and, by its own admission, allowed their home-town fighter to ‘make weight’ even if he weighed more than the contracted weight.”
In a later statement, the Diaz camp discussed its complaint regarding Georges St. Pierre’s post-fight drug test. This accusation comes on the heels of Diaz’s similar statements leading up to the fight. The camp’s latest statement read, “Further serious irregularities including, inter alia, the Quebec Commission’s failure to supervise fighters’ provision of samples in connection with testing for Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods (under sections 71.1 to 71.6 of the Regulation), will be set out in an official complaint that will be filed imminently.”
With all of these accusations, the Diaz camp insists that Nick be allotted a rematch with GSP. “In [light of] the circumstances, Mr. St-Pierre remains legally and ethically obligated to fight Mr. Diaz at 170 pounds or else vacate the belt in favor of those prepared to fight at welterweight.”