Dana White is keen to ensure that there will be no repeat of Friday’s weigh-in drama which saw Charles Oliveira essentially lose his title on the scales after coming in a half-pound over the lightweight world title limit.
Oliveira appeared surprised when he weighed heavy on the scales at the fighter hotel on Friday, with his coach later stating that he had weighed in at 155-pounds on the night before, even tweeting that his weight was on point. Speculation was then raised that the scales used by the fighters backstage wasn’t correctly calibrated, which could have meant that Oliveira legitimately suspected that his weight was fine.
Either way, Dana White wants no repeat of this in future.
“We have this issue where guys come out and they’ll start checking the scale the night before and all the Europeans and guys from other parts of the world do kilos, so they all start f****** with the scale to look at kilos.” White said to the media in Phoenix.
“There’s so many moving parts to this beast of a machine that we run every week, and we’ve got to have a security guard in there where the scale is now. It’s something we’re going to have to do.”
As for how this impacts Oliveira, who defeated Justin Gaethje in the main event in what was his 11th victory on the trot.
“He’s the guy,” White said. “He didn’t make weight. We have rules, he didn’t make the weight, the belt is vacant. But I’m sure in the minds of the media and fight fans, Oliveira’s the champion. But technically, he’s the No. 1 contender now.”