A couple of weeks ago, UFC Dana White announced he was in the process of moving the UFC fighter weigh-ins from the mornings back to the afternoons after the recent cycle of certain fighters either missing weight. This decision of course created a wave of frustration from a majority of UFC fighters.
Among those angered by White’s change of plans was outspoken UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta who adamantly made his opinion known about this issue via a very candid interview with ESPN.
Iaquinta believes the decision for the switch for early UFC fighter weigh ins to him is the “last straw” and vows to do everything in his power insure that fighters will continue to get weighed-in earlier.
“I’m going to weigh-in and then I’m going to start eating,” Iaquinta said, point blank. “I signed a contract under the assumption we are weighing in in the morning, so we are. There will be no afternoon weigh-in, 100 percent.”
“Dana is out of line, and this is the last straw,” Iaquinta said. “They’ve never seen anyone like me. I will do everything in my power to make sure this is done the right way. We are weighing in in the morning.”
With the possibility of the backlash he may receive from UFC management as result of these comments, Iaquinta is not concerned.
“That was me saying, ‘I’m not freaking Yair Rodriguez,’” Iaquinta said. “You cut me, I’m not crying and coming back. Dana White has no power over me. That guy has zero power over me.”
“I’ve got to keep fighting inside the cage and out,” Iaquinta continued. “The UFC needs a person like me, because I love this sport and Dana — I don’t know if he loves this anymore. I think he’s just addicted to the spotlight and making it all about him.
“The more Dana White gets in front of a mic, the stronger we get. The more he opens his mouth, the more [Project Spearhead] forms we fill out. The fighters have gotten a taste of what it feels like to get a full, almost 36 hours of time to rehydrate. I’ve reached out to more than enough people to know that if he moves that, it will the last straw that does him in.”
Does Al Iaquinta have a good point about Dana White changing the UFC fighter weigh-ins?