Last week, UFC president Dana White announced that the company will likely be getting rid of the early weigh-in schedule and moving it back to the original time at 4pm in whatever market they’re at. During the UFC 225 post-fight presser, he argued that more fighters actually prefer to step on the scales later in the afternoon because most of them generally are “not morning people.”
On the contrary, more fighters have been vocal about their dissent towards this decision. One of them is UFC lightweight contender Al Iaquinta, who expressed his sentiments on the issue during Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour.
“His sense of reality is gone,” Iaquinta said of White (via MMA Fighting) “It’s gone. It’s shot. It’s absolutely shot. It’s scary. Now he’s putting our health at risk. He’s going to move the weigh-ins? So why did you move the weigh-ins in the first place? Because, in his mind, he wants more exciting fights. How are you going to get more exciting fights? Give the fighters more time to recover, right? Which is also beneficial to us because it’s healthy. It’s healthy for us to replenish.”
“Even though it’s healthier for the fighters, we’re going to move it back to the nighttime, because he interviewed a million fighters? I haven’t seen one that wants it at night,” he continued. “So his sense of reality, you can’t — it’s almost like, you do an interview with him now, it’s not about the truth, it’s about his agenda. So, I’m weighing-in in the morning.”
Iaquinta believes that with the Fertittas now gone and unavailable to provide some form of guidance, White has been more detrimental to the company and its progress.
“Lorenzo Fertitta kept him in check,” Iaquinta said. “Now that [Fertitta is gone], I think he’s going to run this thing into the ground because now he’s just saying whatever he wants to say. No one’s keeping him under wraps. He’s saying whatever he wants to say. You’re just going to move the weigh-in? What fighter did you interview? He said, ‘We’ve got 550 fighters on the roster, we interviewed more than you.’ Eh, I don’t think so. I haven’t talked to a fighter that was interviewed or talked to about moving the weigh-ins back to the nighttime. I think it’s about him. It’s all about him. It’s always about him. And if it’s not about him, he wants to get right in there.”
“He’s got one foot out the door. Just go, man. Go. Go. He’s done. He’s done. And I don’t give a sh-t. I don’t care. I know. I can see. I’m going to say it. I think 50 percent of the people don’t see it, 50 percent of the people are too scared to say it. I think everyone’s onboard. I don’t know, it ruins everything. Like, a fight with Justin Gaethje, there should be no hesitation. You should just make it work, man. Make it f—king work. Right? That’s the fight you want to see, I want to see, I want to be in, they want to be in.”
“Everyone wants to be a part of this thing. F—king make it work, dude. Don’t go out there on an interview and say, ‘Oh no, it’s not happening.’ Make it work. You’re the promoter. This is your job.”
Iaquinta is reportedly slated to headline the UFC’s upcoming card in Lincoln, Nebraska against Gaethje on August 25th. “Ragin’ Al”, however, simply dismissed it as “fake news.”