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Eddie Alvarez Defends The ‘Morning Weigh-In’ Following Decision To Axe Them

The former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez has questioned the UFC’s decision to axe the early weigh-in following the revelation from Dana White today.

One of the biggest talking points in the world of mixed martial arts this week stemmed from today’s announcement from the UFC’s president Dana White that the promotion were planning on doing away with the recently-implemented morning weigh-ins and return to the original setup.

Speaking on a recent appearance on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Dana confirmed that the promotion were willing to cut their losses as far as the early weigh-ins were concerned and axe the controversial change-up just two years after its first trial.

“Guess what? We’re getting rid of it.

“We’re looking at taking back the weigh-ins to the way they used to be so that when the guys weigh-in there at the fight, that will be it. That will be the real weigh-in.

“I believe that any time you change something, everybody looks to take advantage of any situation. I think that when we started doing morning weigh-ins it was very good. Everybody was making weight and everything was going great, but then everybody started cutting it closer, closer and closer thinking that they can put on more weight because they have more time to recover.

“The reality is it f***ed everything up. We’re looking to going back to 4pm weigh-ins. Those will be the real weigh-ins.”

The change comes on the back of several high-profile weight-cutting issues in the past few months – with the most recent example, of course, being Darren Till’s harrowing UFC Liverpool preparation, which is documented in all of its disturbing glory in a video uploaded – and subsequently taken down – by Paddy Power and Till’s team in the fight’s aftermath.

Some, however, believe that it is purely those fighters who are unprofessional enough not to know their limits that are at fault.

Eddie Alvarez, the former UFC lightweight champion, questioned the decision on the part of the UFC to backtrack on themselves in a series of tweets posted to his official Twitter page today.

In fairness to him, he does have a point. Forcing yourself to reach for a weight that simply isn’t attainable is a problem and like Eddie said, with proper planning, there is more than enough time to be healthy and efficient in your approach.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.