With fighters missing weight often than expected, UFC President Dana White is bringing back the old afternoon weigh-ins replacing the present early weigh-ins.
Lot of fighters have expressed their opinion on the topic claiming the early weigh-ins allow fighters more time to rehydrate. Undefeated middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya believes the same.
“I’d rather it be in the mornings because I’m not trying to be grumpy all day. I’d rather just get it done in the morning and then rehydrate properly. You want to spend the least amount of time dehydrated as possible,” Adesanya told MMA Fighting.
“That being said, if it is getting moved to 4 p.m. I’ll still make the weight perfectly and I’ll be dehydrated for as little time as possible. That’s how I do it, I’m a professional.”
Adesanya further claimed that the fighters who weigh in heavy are ‘almost cheating’. He explained mentioning the latest fighter who missed weight, title challenger Yoel Romero at UFC 225 last month.
“Look at Romero in his last fight. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t really care in the end because it was such a good fight, but regardless of what happened I didn’t want Romero to win,” he said.
“F*ck that, the guy missed weight and it’s not even the first time he missed weight. And he’s been caught doing other stuff in the past too. I think there’s an element of gaming the system there, it’s almost cheating to be honest.”
Adesanya further mentioned #2 ranked contender Darren Till who has missed weight in his last fight as well. Adesanya does not believe the scouser will remain in the welterweight division for much longer and will like to fight against him at middleweight.
“It’s funny because [Till] only commented on something on my Instagram not so long ago and I said, ‘You’re not going to be a welterweight for much longer’. It was only a few weeks later than he came in heavy for the Thompson fight and looked what happened there.
“I’d love to test myself against him, I think that’s a really good fight for further down the line. I want to pass that test.”