Former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre faces UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping for the gold this November at UFC 217.
GSP will have to take part in the early weigh-ins for the event and it is something that he isn’t really to fond of.
“I think the new rule of doing the weigh-in earlier is bad because it makes the fighter cut more weight,” St. Pierre told MMA Junkie. “They have more time for recuperation before the fight. I think it’s the worst thing they could do. It’s good for rehydration because you have more time, but if you know you have more time, you’ll cut more weight. I think it’s bad. I think it’s very bad.”
When GSP last competed over four years ago, there were no early weigh-ins or even ceremonial weigh-ins, just standard, evening weigh-ins.
St. Pierre does have a few ideas that could help with the weight cutting process down the line.
“You could do (more weight classes), or you could the weigh-in over several days so everyone will stay in their weight class,” St. Pierre said. “30 days before, every week you have to weigh-in, on the day of the fight you have to weigh in. That would make sense. It’s always been an issue and it is what it is.”
UFC 217 takes place on Saturday, November 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.