One of the biggest issues currently in the sport of MMA has to do with weight cutting, but so far, nobody has been able to solve the dilemma.
“(Sonnen) proposed to do a weigh-in the day of the fight,” St. Pierre said during a news conference in Australia. “So what he proposes, basically – we have weigh-in the night before the fight, like we normally do. But now, because the weigh-in is in the morning, people say, ‘Oh, I have more time to recuperate,’ so they try to cut more weight. And it’s sad to say, but sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to wait (for) someone (to) die out there to change things?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous. So what Chael’s proposed is very smart.”
The UFC had been instituting early weigh-ins in recent years, alongside Bellator MMA and PFL, but UFC President Dana White recently stated the weigh-ins will return to the ceremonial weigh-in times in the future.
GSP also states that the weigh-in issues have nothing to do with an individual fighter, but the system as a whole.
“I think they need to change not the individual, they need to change the system. I think the system can be made better. I’m not saying that Chael’s proposition is the best. But I think it’s the best that we know of right now. I think it would be the best solution,” says St. Pierre.
If the UFC or any other MMA promotion wants to get the previously used weigh-in system back, all would need the approval of various athletic commissions before that can happen.