The weigh-in controversy stemming from UFC 158 continues to fester, only this time it was UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre stoking the fire. Earlier this week, the champion admitted to LaPresse.ca that he may have weighed 170.4 lbs at the UFC 158 weigh-ins, furthering the ongoing drama between the champ and Nick Diaz. This assertion raises the question whether GSP officially, contractually, defeated Nick Diaz.
Anyone who watched the fight will tell you that Nick Diaz was out-matched and out-classed, but it looks like the dry ink on the contract begs to differ, according to Diaz’s representative.
According to MMAWeekly.com:
“Jonathan Tweedale, a representative of the Diaz camp, on Tuesday issued a statement about the situation to MMAWeekly.com, accusing the commission of not operating within the contractually agreed upon parameters of the fight,” Tweedale continued, ‘The contracted weight for this fight was 170 pounds. 170.9 is not 170, anywhere in the world, for a title fight,’ he continued. ‘There is no question what “170 pounds” means, in the bout agreement, as a matter of contractual interpretation.'”
The obvious inference is that the Quebec Commission (RACJ) greyed and modified the rules in favor of its home-town hero. It would seem that the special exemption to GSP (and Diaz) is an unfair state of affairs for the rest of the fighters under stricter scrutiny than the champ. This story does not look like it is going away any time soon.