Diaz’s latest complaint is all smoke, no fire

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Stop the presses! Nick Diaz’s latest complaint has an actual factual basis to it! Just in case you’re wondering which one we’re talking about, it’s the one where the Quebec commission decided last second that fractions don’t exist in their province (probably not French enough). Team Diaz was informed right before the weigh-ins that a weight of 170.9 would still be considered 170 – something they’ve put forward in an official complaint as “deliberately relax[ing] the rule in this case and, by its own admission, allow[ing] their hometown fighter to ‘make weight’ even if he weighed more than the contracted weight.”

The Quebec commission countered by claiming this was always how they’ve done things, which simply put doesn’t seem to be true at all:

You only have to go back a single year, to March 2012, to see that they certainly have announced decimals in some instances. At Ringside MMA 13, sanctioned by the same commission, main event fighters Paul Cheng and Eric Barrak were announced at 252.8 and 237.6, respectively, despite the fact that the decimals had no bearing on their making weight (the heavyweight limit is 265 pounds). The rest of the fighters on the card were announced the same way.

The year before that, a championship boxing match between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal that was overseen by the same commission with the same rules that govern combat sports featured weigh-ins that also announced decimals. Interestingly in that fight, Hopkins weighed in at 175.9. The division’s limit was 175, and instead of ditching the decimal, as they claim to do, the commission allowed Hopkins to cut more weight, which is against their own rules. He eventually checked in at 175 even. In that case, the rules seemed to play in Pascal’s favor. Like St-Pierre, he happens to be a local star.

On top of that, there’s nothing in the Quebec commission rulebook about this rounding down nonsense, but there IS something about the scale needing to be accurate to a tenth of a kilogram. So if there is a rounding procedure, it is definitely unofficial and contradictory to how the rules say things should be run.

But while Diaz is definitely in the right to claim the commission broke their own rules and pulled some strange shit, it boils down to strange shit over one pound. If they dragged a naked and unconscious GSP onto the scale and draped a towel over his johnson, then maybe we’d have a proper scandal we could attach a -Gate suffix to. As it stands, there is STILL no evidence that Georges wasn’t 170 on the nose anyways. And absolutely no basis in reality to claim a fraction of a pound was the reason Georges dominated that fight 50-45.

Meanwhile, according to Diaz’s lawyer, “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.” Yes, this is seriously where they are going with this whole thing.

  • iamphoenix

    imaginate diaz being literally smoke.

  • iamphoenix

    fuck this comment bullshit. see you guys in five years when its fixed.

  • wakawaka

    “As it stands, there is STILL no evidence that Georges wasn’t 170 on the nose anyways. ”

    Of course not. The person there for the athletic commission during the weigh in, is the ONLY person who knows this. GSP could have weighed 170.9 and by the direction of the commission he writes down 170.

    Fuck Diaz, it’s not about him. It’s about the shady ass Quebec Commission breaking it’s own fuckin rules.

  • kvelertak

    This is a legit complaint. GSP shouldnt get favoritism.

  • http://www.fightsport.net GSP’s on Juice

    In your rush to defend your boyfriend GSP and slam your enemy Diaz, you declared this weigh in issue an open and shut case prematurely. The text messages released by Nick’s lawyer recently shed a different light on the situation, one that warrants further examination. Being the respectable, fair and balanced source of MMA news that fightlinker is, I expect coverage of this new development today.

  • thingvolds

    Yeah so are you guys gonna cover the text messages released by the Diaz camp regarding this fiasco? You probably should, lest this place become just a GSP / Ronda Rousey fansite and nothing more.

  • thingvolds

    Jonathan Tweedale, Nick Diaz’s lawyer, contacted Bloody Elbow and exclusively provided very interesting text message transcripts from the evening of the weigh in, explaining “Given some of the media coverage, we need to set the record straight on the timing that the issue of the 0.9 was raised by Nick Diaz. The issue was pursued immediately. On the evening of March 15, Mike Mersch and I exchanged the following correspondence (via text message), in which he denied any knowledge of a .9 allowance or ignoring the decimal.”

    Mersch, again, was the man in the video who informed the camp of the “no decimal” changes.

    Here is the text conversation between Tweedale (JDT) and Mersch (MM), which starts at 9:24 p.m.:

    JDT: “Hi Mike. Nick is curious about the .9 pound allowance at today’s weigh-in for his championship bout. He doesn’t want to be a nuisance about this, but he’s a bit confused. Can you shed any light?”

    MM: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. All parties weighed in appropriately according [to] the Quebec Commission.”

    JDT: “Of course. You’re right, and he knows that. He just wanted to know why the Quebec Commission was okay with a 0.9 pound weight allowance for a championship fight. Nick’s not going to make an issue of it, but it’s been gnawing at him since it was explained to him at the weigh-ins, on an “off the record” basis or otherwise. I just want him to stop thinking about it, and thought you could provide some insight.”

    MM: “I have been told everyone made weight so there’s nothing to make an issue about. He might want to focus on how he’s going to win the fight rather than spending the night making excuses about why he lost.”

    The correspondence continued at 9:46 p.m.:

    JDT: “C’mon Mike you’re just going to stonewall on this issue? We’re reaching out in a discreet manner, as appropriate in the circumstances. Meet us half-way.”

    MM: “Huh? The Commission determined both fighters weighed 170 or less. What am I supposed to do about that? I would think Nick would be excited to compete for the UFC Welterweight title. Seems like he’s focused on the wrong issue.”

    JDT: “No one wants you to *do* anything. If the answer is simply “the Quebec Commission permits a promoter to request that .9 pounds be rounded down in a championship fight (unlike, e.g., the Washington commission for Nate’s fight), and Zuffa made that request here”, then pls confirm. Far better to reach out this way than the uncooperative Twitter/media way.”

    MM: “How would I know what the Quebec Commission does? I was informed everyone made weight like everyone else at the weigh in. Zuffa made no requests for anything from the Quebec Commission. Good luck to Nick with the fight.”

    JDT: “Okay. I’ll let Nick know that you can’t shed any light on why Quebec treats 170.9 as 170 in a championship fight. Disappointing. Thanks for your time and your wish of luck to Nick for the fight.”

    MM: “Again I have no idea what you’re talking about. The Quebec Commission indicated both fighters were 170 or lower.”

    JDT: “If you don’t know then I should be asking someone else. No worries, Mike. Which UFC exec advised Nick and his entourage before the weigh-in that “If you’re 170.2, you’re 170. If you’re 170.9, you’re 170…that’s a kinda off the record type of thing”?”

    MM: “I would think you’d direct that to the source: the Quebec Commission. The UFC has nothing to do with weigh ins in Quebec.”

    Tweedale explained, “We appreciate that Mr. Mersch was in a difficult position, evidently having been instructed by the Quebec Commission to relay to Mr. Diaz some last-minute, unlawful ‘rule changes’ to give the hometown fighter a reprieve from his duty to make weight at 170 pounds.

  • Doogie Howser, M.D.

    ^ I’m not reading all that. You can fuck right off.

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