Earlier this week, a seemingly big controversy hit that UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre had come in overweight for his latest title defense against Nick Diaz at UFC 158. The controversy was supported by a video from hours before the event's weigh in where UFC Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs and Assitant General Counsel Michael Mersch informed the Diaz camp that the Quebec commission wouldn't take decimals over the 170 lb. limit into account for the official weights. Additionally, they would allow either Diaz or GSP an extra hour to make weight if either came in over the lime. In Quebec, that extra time is illegal under the stated rules.
On Thursday, Le Presse, a Canadian newspaper, reported that GSP admitted he had come in .4 lbs. over the 170 lb. limit. Here's the translation:
GSP said he was not sure of his exact weight, but he believes that it amounted to 170.4 pounds. The Quebec Board then rounded his weight down to 170 pounds, the limit for the March 16 bout.
However, Le Presse's report doesn't accurately reflect what GSP said. A closer look at the original video reveals that GSP was simply stating a hypothetical situation:
ITWer: Rapidly, I'd like you to talk about what happened with Nick Diaz, you know that he says that some things happen before the weight in that weren't normal, that you weren't on weight. That someone was trying to give you an advantage?GSP: It's true that it was special before the weight in, even I was surprised, because the scale they used was an electric scale, you know, not the one with a weight that aren't electric. And they said they didn't count the decimals, even I was surprised. I was as surprised as Nick Diaz, I didn't know. They came to see me, they came to see Nick Diaz and said they didn't count the decimals. They said they were rounding down the decimal. If it was 170.4, they were rounding down to 170.ITWer: A tempest in a glass of water, in your opinion?
GSP: Yeah, of course. I was as surprised as him. But it's true, what he says is true because they came to tell me about it.
This new evidence doesn't mean that there's no controversy to the situation. the Quebec commission still changed the rules at the last minute and told Diaz that it was specifically "off the record." It just means that there's no proof or circumstantial evidence that GSP was overweight or that they were trying to favor the hometown fighter.
HT: Big thanks to Bloody Elbow member Sweet Scientist who provided the updated and accurate translation.
UPDATE: Following the release of this article, Canadian reporter Marc Tougas took to twitter to deny the claim that he misquoted St. Pierre in the original article. We'll have more on this story tomorrow but want to let our readers know Tougas' side of the story.
@kidnate So the article you quoted is about 10-14 days old I think, mine came out in the Friday paper. Hence the confusion.— Marc Tougas (@marcthesparc) April 14, 2013
Tougas linked Kid Nate the the article in question here.