The last-minute decision to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California has resulted in a tweak of the official weigh-in rules for this week.
MMA Fighting confirmed on Wednesday that the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) is extending the weigh-in window from the usual two hours to three hours due to the short-notice change from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to The Forum in Inglewood.
UFC 232 was moved due to Jon Jones testing positive for the banned substance Turinabol, although USADA did not consider it to be a failure or a sign that he ingested the substance. Jones was flagged for Turinabol last year, costing him his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, but his providing of “substantial assistance” to the UFC’s anti-doping partner helped reduce his suspension from four years to just 15 months.
Dana White is adamant that Jones has done nothing wrong, but the Nevada Athletic Commission was not going to grant Jon a license to compete until they’d done a thorough investigation, so the UFC took the unusual measure of shifting the entire card about 270 miles or so southwest of Sin City.
CSAC executive Andy Foster also told MMA Fighting that “commission licensing procedures are usually done Thursday night, but will now be done as part of weigh-ins Friday morning.”
The official weigh-ins will now run from 9 AM PT to 12 PM PT. Bloody Elbow will have live coverage of the UFC 232 weigh-ins on December 28th, with the ceremonial weigh-ins slated for 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.