St. Pierre camp responds to Diaz UFC 158 'Weight Gate' complaint with 'shorts on' rebuttal

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

"Weight Gate" is all the rage these days, but Firas Zahabi, head trainer for Georges St. Pierre, doesn't see what all the hubbub is about, considering "Rush" made his mark with his junk under wraps.

How much do boy shorts weigh?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre was able to make weight for his UFC 158: "St. Pierre vs. Diaz" championship pay-per-view (PPV) headliner (see it here) earlier this month in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

And he did it with his trunks on.

That's according to his longtime coach Firas Zahabi, who told "The Province" that reports of St. Pierre's involvement in commission conspiracies and Canadian loopholes are much ado about nothing. After all, "Rush" was just playing by the rules.

The same ones afforded to Diaz.

"GSP made weight and he had his shorts on. I was told the decimal didn't count, so we didn't worry about it. I don't see even .9 making a difference in a fight, so I didn't give it any thought."

For the record, Under Armour shorts, like the pair St. Pierre was sporting on stage (similar to these and these), typically weigh between 5.8 and 3.2 ounces. Let's say for argument's sake that GSP was 170.9 -- which under Quebec's flawed system of mathematics still qualifies as 170 -- he still had a bit of wiggle room as far as being on weight under the unified rules of mixed martial arts (MMA) for championship bouts.

But that's not really the issue here.

The problem is the application of the rules in Montreal. For UFC 158, by the commission's own admission (see its statement here), decimals were not counted. However, at last year's Ringside MMA 13 event, decimals were counted in the main event, just as they were in the Bernard Hopkins championship fight back in 2011.

The unified rules (summarized here) were either changed, relaxed or just flat-out ignored when it came to UFC 158.

For what reason -- and why Nick Diaz wasn't told until moments before he stepped on the scale (see his "off the record" conversation with a UFC employee here) -- remains a mystery, but one Jonathan Tweedale, lawyer for Team Diaz, intends to solve.

Get a sneak peek at his official complaint right here.


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