There has been accusations of foul play at the UFC 254 official weigh-ins yesterday, after MMA nutritionist and pundit Mike Dolce believes the official who observed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s scale did so incorrectly.
Nurmagomedov weighed in first in Abu Dhabi, and after using the towel was recorded as making the championship weight of 155-pounds. In Dolce’s eyes, however, the beam scale was not allowed to settle properly by the official to ensure Nurmagomedov’s weight was indeed on point.
“Something very disturbing happened at the weigh-ins for UFC 254, Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje,” Dolce said in a post to his YouTube. “What happened? When Khabib stepped on the scale, the inspector — either through sheer incompetence or (intentionally) — made a massive mistake that’s maybe worth tens of millions of dollars.
“Unfortunately, in my expert opinion, I do not believe that Khabib would have made the 155-pound weight class limit on this attempt. Now, Khabib was the first man on the scale and would’ve had time to cut that additional weight if he was physically able, but when you look at his language I will explain … why he wouldn’t have been able to do it.”
In essence, Dolce believes the commissioner recorded Nurmagomedov’s weight and hit the scale far too quickly to truly assess the situation.
“[The beam is going in an] upwards trajectory, and it has to balance,” Dolce said. “It’s going up. That means he’s heavy, and (the official) wipes it there as it’s still on its way up. It doesn’t bounce and doesn’t stabilize in the centre. That’s not correct.”
Despite Dolce’s accusations, Nurmagomedov was recorded as being on weight, and as such his fight with Justin Gaethje will go ahead as scheduled this evening.