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.