Charles Oliveira may no longer be the official UFC lightweight champion but that hasn't stopped everyone from seeing him as the champion. Joe Rogan recently spoke out on how the Brazilian was cheated of his lightweight title.
There were a lot of questions about the scales used during the UFC 274 weigh-ins and the scale used in the back for the fighters. Joe Rogan believes people were messing with the one in the back.
“He’s a very, very nice guy, and he got screwed in his last fight,” Rogan said on a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Spotify. “There was some shenanigans with the scale. Some people had messed with the scale. Here’s a problem with these digital scales: Foreign fighters, they use kilograms and in America, obviously we use pounds.
“These scales are calibrated and then the foreign fighters would reset the scale so they could switch it back to kilograms. So it fucks up the whole calibration. He weighed in the night before the weigh-ins, and he was like, ‘Oh, I’m good to go.’ And then in the morning, he goes and shows up for the weight cut, and it’s a pound plus off, and that is directly related to this calibration thing.”
Dana White spoke at the UFC 274 press conference and was asked if he had a solution for the scales. He said there would now be a security guard to prevent any issues in the future.
“Now the UFC has a new policy because of this, where they have a guard who watches over the scale 24 hours a day,” Rogan added. “Like, they have shifts where no one can fuck with the scale. If you’re gonna get on that scale to try yourself, they’re gonna watch you like a hawk, and you don’t press any buttons. You just get on, what’s your weight, get off. That’s it. These guys were monkeying around with the scale.”
He continued, “It’s Phoenix. That’s what it is, and it’s not a knock on Phoenix. I love Phoenix. It’s just that the people that are there don’t do high-level world championship MMA fights on a regular basis. They do a few. We’ve had a good time there. They’ve had some good events there, but they just made a mistake. They’ll let these guys do it. There should have been someone watching the scale, and the scale was off, and that’s a fact. Look, it’s not the best excuse because Justin Gaethje made weight. Everybody else made weight except one of the women that fought earlier in the night, but that’s it.”