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UFC 203 Blog: Joe Lauzon Details Weigh-In Procedures

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Joe Lauzon has been – and will likely continue to be – one of the more social media-friendly fighters on the UFC roster.

Lauzon likes to put together video blogs as he prepares to fight and actual self-written blog entries for other events.

In his latest, he provides some thoughts ahead of Saturday’s UFC 203 event:

This is the card CM Punk will be fighting on against Mickey Gall. This alone means that many new eyeballs will be on the show. The training footage of CM Punk doesn’t look very good… and I saw some seriously impressive grappling video of Mickey Gall going against Gordon Ryan at a grappling tournament. To add even more intrigue to the fight, Mickey Gall seems to have a fresh cut over his eyebrow. So. Many. Variables.

The other REALLY interesting thing about this card are the weigh-in procedures. There is a BUNCH of stuff that may not seem like a big deal, but makes a big difference for the fighters. I am going to outline a few real quick.

No early Weigh-Ins.

This is new for the UFC but they have been doing earlier weigh-ins for the last few months. Instead of making us get on weight by like 11am and then wait around until 4pm to get on the scale, we have been able to weigh-in at 8am and then spend the entire day rehydrating. This is huge because I was able to eat like 6 times throughout the day for my last two fights because I had so much time. Normally, I would eat 2 times and then it would be getting late and I would have to go to bed. This is so much better for the fighters because we can weigh-in, eat and drink a bunch and we are dehydrated for a much shorter time. Ohio doesn’t like these advantages because they think it encourages people to cut more weight. I have seen fighters cutting less weight since the UFC started these earlier weigh-ins because you cut all of your weight the night before instead of cutting the morning of weigh-ins, but this is the way Ohio wants to do it.

Second Same Day Weigh-Ins.

The athletic commission can (but won’t necessarily) force fighters to weigh-in a second time on the day of the fight unless they are a heavyweight or super heavyweight. Fighters must be within so many pounds of their official weight the day before. Someone that weighed 155 or lower has to be within 8 pounds and someone weighing more than 155 may not gain more than 13 pounds. This alone creates ALL kinds of issues. Here is a hypothetical to blow your mind.

Let’s say I am fighting Jim Miller at 155.

We are allowed to be 156 for the day before weigh-ins, but sometimes people cut a little extra and might be a little under. Many times I have weighed in at 154.5.

I weigh in at 155 on the nose and Jim weighs in at 156.

Jim weighs in at 168 the next day, which is 12 pounds over when he is allowed to be 13 pounds over. He is fine.

I weigh in at 164 which is 9 pounds over when I was only allowed 8 pounds. I am overweight even though I am 4 pounds lighter than my opponent.

We both agreed to fight at the same weight. Because I was more on weight the first day I have to be 4 pounds lighter the second day. This is CRAZY.

There are extra penalties on missing weight too.

If you miss weight, half of your money goes to the state of Ohio. Then 10% goes to your opponent if you are up to 1 pound over, 20% goes to your opponent if you are up to 2 pounds over and 25% goes to your opponent if you are up to 4 pounds over. So if you were schedule to make 100k to show, and missed weight by 1 pound, you are now making 40k instead of 100k because the state of Ohio takes 50k and your opponent gets an extra 10k. Now I will say that I love there are harsh penalties on making weight. However, that 50% should not be going to the state of Ohio, it should be going to the opponent. What is the state of Ohio doing to warrant taking 50%? The opponent is the one that is having to deal with a larger opponent. When I fought on the Ultimate Fighter Finale for my season, I fought Brandon Melendez and he missed weight by 2 pounds. The athletic commission fined him 20%… 10% went to me and the state took the other 10%. Why does the state get it? Makes no sense to me the the state is so inconvenienced by having to write a bigger number on a piece of paper that they get 50%, while the opponent has to fight someone bigger that didn’t do their job of making weight and only get 10%.

Heavyweight Problems.

Another thing is that fighters must be within so many pounds of each other for weigh-ins, not just within the weight class. This is not a big deal for any of the weight classes except heavyweight where fighters must be within 7 pounds of each other. But those guys have HUGE differences sometimes because a guy that is walking at 230 can’t make 205, but he might fight someone cutting down from 270 to make 265. That’s 35 pounds. The Main Event is a heavyweight title fight. Stipe Miocic has weighed in between 238 and 245 over the last few years, while Overeem has weighed in 243 to 264. Lets hope the UFC has been coordinating weights with these guys.

I am sure the UFC is on top of things… but there is so much craziness going on with the card this week. This is why fighting is so exciting… you never know what to expect. I will be watching the weigh-ins closely though!

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