Last month I canvassed the Diaz/St. Pierre Weigh in controversy (You can click here for a good timeline summary of the controversy)concluding that while there may be no legal remedy available to Diaz his camp’s comments on the Regie’s actions may lead to much welcome scrutiny of this Commission.
Today the controversial pre-weigh in video with ‘off the record’ rules changes has resurfaced. Watching this certainly sheds the controversy in a much darker light. If the Commission decided to, off the record, not count decimals that is at best a very shady use of their discretion. Worse, however, is the statement that the Commission will allow the fighter’s extra time to make weight. This expressly flies in the face of s. 77 of Quebec’s Regulation Regarding Combat Sports which reads as follows “At an official weigh-in, no time shall be granted to a contestant to enable him to increase or decrease his weight.”
There really is no room for misinterpretation of section 77. If Mike Mersch’s comments in the video below are a direct representation of what the Regie told him then the commission is in serious need of overhaul.