Al Iaquinta Goes Off on Dana White Over Plans to Drop Morning Weigh-Ins
By FCF Staff
Al Iaquinta has never been shy about criticizing the UFC and Dana White if he feels the need to do so, and recently the lightweight blasted the latter over plans to drop the morning weigh-ins.
Recently White announced that the UFC is working with athletic commissions to abandon the early weigh-in format, so that fighters will weigh-in once again in the afternoon. The UFC wants to make the change due to a recent wave of fighters missing weight.
Several fighters were quick to say they didn’t approve of the decision, but this weekend, White claimed the promotion found the majority of fighters preferred the afternoon weigh-ins.
Iaquinta was a guest on the latest “MMA Hour”, and during the interview, he had this to say about White’s comments (quote via MMA Fighting):
“His sense of reality is gone,” Iaquinta said. “It’s gone. It’s shot. It’s absolutely shot. It’s scary. Now he’s putting our health at risk. He’s going to move the weigh-ins? So why did you move the weigh-ins in the first place? Because, in his mind, he wants more exciting fights. How are you going to get more exciting fights? Give the fighters more time to recover, right? Which is also beneficial to us because it’s healthy. It’s healthy for us to replenish.
“Even though it’s healthier for the fighters, we’re going to move it back to the nighttime, because he interviewed a million fighters? I haven’t seen one that want it at night. So his sense of reality, you can’t — it’s almost like, you do an interview with him now, it’s not about the truth, it’s about his agenda. So, I’m weighing-in in the morning.”
During the interview, Iaquinta also reported that he’s agreed to fight Justin Gaethje on August 25th.