When it comes to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events, anything can — and often does — happen. Fighters get injured last-minute, fighters get sick last-second, and at UFC 274 this past weekend (Sat., May 7, 2022), Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, stepped on the scale a half-pound heavy and was stripped of his 155-pound title in response.
To make things even messier, multiple fighters came out and claimed the commission scale was heavy, meaning Oliveira wasn’t really overweight. Just another day in the wild world of mixed martial arts (MMA).
So what really happened?
According to former Nevada commission head-turned UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner, there was no way the official weigh-in scale was calibrated heavy.
“Well, first of all, let me say that the official scale, which is the one they weighed in on Friday with the athletic commission … 28 of the fighters made weight,” Ratner said in an interview on Sirius XM (via MMA Junkie). “So I’m very, very sure that there was nothing untoward on that scale. That scale was accurate.
“What people are talking about, the night before, there’s a scale where the fighters can come down and check their weight,” he continued. “Some fighters wanted to change the scale from pounds to kilograms, which you can do, and I think that may have knocked it – we don’t have any proof of anything — but it may have knocked the scale out of calibration. When we found out that there was a problem with the scale early on Friday morning somewhere around 8 or 8:30 a.m., we got another scale that was calibrated and put it out there.
"I can say for sure that Friday, there was nothing wrong with the official scale."@MarcRatnerUFC addresses the scale controversy from the #UFC274 weigh-ins.— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) May 10, 2022
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“I am not sure what time that Charles or his camp came down on Friday,” Ratner added. “But, he’s saying that he checked the weight on Thursday night, and he was fine. But, I can say for sure that Friday there was nothing wrong with the official scale.”
Oliveira and his team made the unfortunate decision to show up for the weigh-ins just five minutes before the scales were set to close. Had they come for the start and stepped on UFC’s scales at the hotel or backstage at the weigh-ins, they would have seen the half-pound discrepancy and had much more time to solve the issue: two hours before having to step on the scale and then the extra hour for a second attempt.
Instead, they only had the extra hour, and Oliveira couldn’t lose the half-pound in that time. It’s a mistake that is possibly going to cost “Do Bronx” more than $1 million. While UFC still gave him pay-per-view (PPV) points as if he was the champ for UFC 274, there’s a good chance he won’t get them when he fights for the vacant Lightweight title later in 2022 after he made quick work of Justin Gaethje (watch highlights) in Phoenix, Arizona.
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