With an increased number of fighters missing weight, UFC President Dana White has expressed his desire of scrapping the early weigh-ins and going back to the late afternoon weigh-ins. His move has invited mixed reactions with fighters like Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chiesa openly voicing their voices against the move.
When the shift took place at UFC 199, initially not a lot of fighters had a problem, but lately due to the likes of Mackenzie Dern, Darren Till, Kevin Lee and Yoel Romero(twice) missing weight and a video of Darren Till surfacing has made Dana question his decision. Per Chiesa, the net result of moving the weigh in from morning to afternoon is the net addition of two hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to allow fighters to make weight.
Chiesa says that the only way to solve the problem is to introduce new weight classes in 165 and 175 pounds, a plan which he himself believes will not be possible due to the legacy attached with the 170 pound weight class. However he believes that a much more fundamental approach to the problem is to introduce multiple hydration test in fight week, similar to ones conducted by the Asia based One Championship.