Georges St-Pierre does not agree with the early weigh-in practice in MMA today.
The entire landscape of the UFC and MMA as a whole was entirely different when Georges St-Pierre decided to take a hiatus from professional fighting. For one thing, weigh-ins back then were done in the mid-afternoon on the eve of fight night.
As of June 2016, weigh-in time has been moved several hours earlier, supposedly to give fighters more time to recover from their weight cut. St-Pierre, however, is not a big fan of this practice.
“I think the new rule of doing the weigh-in earlier is bad because it makes the fighter cut more weight,” St-Pierre told MMAjunkie during Wednesday’s UFC 217 media day in Montreal. “They have more time for recuperation before the fight. I think it’s the worst thing they could do. It’s good for rehydration 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.”
Even with this new ritual in place, a number of fighters still miss weight, and at worst, have their fights cancelled altogether due to health repercussions for brutal weight cuts. Many have called for the addition of new weight classes, but UFC president Dana White does not see this as an effective solution.
St-Pierre is for adding weight classes, but also has another weigh-in policy in mind.
“You could do (more weight classes), or you could do 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,” St-Pierre said.
“That would make sense. It’s always been an issue and it is what it is.”
St-Pierre will be coming out of a four-year hiatus on November 4th at UFC 217, as he challenges Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight title. It will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.