Georges St-Pierre UFC 129Even when it’s all over, it’s not all over. At least that’s the case with the UFC 158 main event between welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz.

The Diaz camp is accusing the Quebec commission of irregularities in how it handled the UFC 158 weigh-ins and drug tests, and is filing an official complaint.

A video posted to BJPenn.com shows UFC Senior Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs and Assistant General Counsel Michael Mersh explaining to the Diaz camp, just prior to weigh-ins, that St-Pierre and Diaz have an hour allowance, if needed, to make weight if either one of them misses the mark, something that was not available to the rest of the fight card.

Mersh went on to explain that the Quebec commission, the Régie des Alcools, des Courses et des Jeux, does not count decimals when weighing the fighters, so that for their bout, either fighter could weigh up to 170.9 pounds, but it would be recorded as 170 pounds, thus making weight.

This is counter to most other commissions in North America.

Quebec commission representative Joyce Tremblay confirmed such in an email to MMAFighting, but also declared that none of the fighters was in violation of the weights set for in their contract.

“I wish to inform you that, during UFC 158, no contestants exceeded the weight determined in their contracts,” said Tremblay. “Currently, the Régie does take into consideration the maximum weight determined by contract when it carries out the weight-ins before a bout. However, our regulation on combat sports does not take decimals into account. Their consideration is a question of interpretation likely to be debated between the two parties under contract.”

Jonathan Tweedale, a representative of the Diaz camp, on Tuesday issued a statement about the situation to MMAWeekly.com, accusing the commission of not operating within the contractually agreed upon parameters of the fight.

“The Quebec Commission’s statement is a disappointing admission that the March 16 event was not conducted under the rules applicable to a UFC title fight – or under the rules the fighters contractually agreed to, upon which rules Mr. Diaz was entitled to rely under his bout agreement,” wrote Tweedale.

“The contracted weight for this fight was 170 pounds. 170.9 is not 170, anywhere in the world, for a title fight,” he continued. “There is no question what ‘170 pounds’ means, in the bout agreement, as a matter of contractual interpretation.

“The Quebec Commission deliberately relaxed the rule in this case and, by its own admission, allowed their home-town fighter to ‘make weight’ even if he weighed more than the contracted weight.”

Tweedale goes on to point out that the proposed one-hour of added time flaunts the commission’s own rules, citing section 77 of the commission’s regulations that does not allow time for a contestant to increase or decrease weight, and pointed out the “Quebec Commission’s failure to supervise fighters’ provision of samples in connection with testing for Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods.”

Tweedale and Diaz’s camp fell short of accusing St-Pierre of missing weight, instead targeting the Quebec commission’s application or lack thereof of its own regulations and procedures and how it may have affected the legality of the fight.

He did note that an official complaint would be filed immediately and declared that St-Pierre should either agree to fight Diaz at 170 pounds or vacate the belt.

“In the circumstances,” wrote Tweedale, “Mr. St-Pierre remains legally and ethically obligated to fight Mr. Diaz at 170 pounds or else vacate the belt in favor of those prepared to fight at welterweight.”

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

Whoops! 'Communication error' reveals positive steroid test from UFC Fight Night 62

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

Hey, remember when the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) said the UFC Fight Night 62 event on FOX Sports 1, which took place inside Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sat. read news >>

UFN 62’s Jorge Oliveira tests positive for stanozolol, suspended for one year

  • 24 days ago
  • 1583 views

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) announced earlier this week that all fighters who competed at the UFC Fight Night 62 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 21, tested clean for bann read news >>

Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz Delay UFC 183 Drug Test Hearings Again

  • 24 days ago
  • 7 views

Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz have once again requested and been granted continuances for their UFC 183-related drug test hearings. read news >>

Georges St-Pierre: If I ever come back, 'I can still be on top'

  • 24 days ago
  • 13 views

GSP feels that he still has what it takes to be the best mixed martial artist in the world. It has been way over a year since we have seen Georges St-Pierre last compete. After a close split-decision read news >>

Georges St-Pierre: If I return to UFC, I believe I can still be the best

  • 25 days ago
  • 7 views

A confident "GSP" just put the welterweight division on notice. Attention Johny Hendricks! The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division has been the most competitive it has been in read news >>

Anderson Silva gets more time to answer NSAC's complaint, hearing likely in May

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission granted a request from Anderson Silva for more time to file an answer to the commission’s complaint against him. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC Fight Night 62 drug test results released

  • 25 days ago
  • 40 views

Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) today released the drug test results for UFC Fight Night 62 on FOX Sports 1, which took place inside Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on S read news >>

Johny Hendricks to GSP: 'Hey, Stay in Retirement'

  • 26 days ago
  • 14 views

Johny Hendricks isn’t losing sleep over Georges St-Pierre’s lingering decision of whether to return to the UFC. As far as Big Rigg is concerned, the chapter has closed on the St-Pierre era, and he is read news >>

Conor McGregor's Point of View Video of GSP-Hendricks Walkout Is an Experience

  • 26 days ago
  • 588 views

Conor McGregor is everywhere these days. He's even starting to show up in the past, so to speak. Combing through the MMA Reddit page, one can find many hidden gems. Today a video of Connor McGregor s read news >>