Canadian Athletic Commission: No ‘Point’ In The Decimal?


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just ignore everything after a decimal point on a bill?  How about if you were owed money?  Would you care if you were payed for $0.50?  What about if we are talking about $0.50K or $0.50M?

Fifty cents may not seem like large amount but when you’re talking about decimal points across the board and whether they matter, an accountant will surely tell you they do.

In our story on the Georges St Pierre and Nick Diaz weigh-in video that was posted to YouTube last week we discussed the need for transparency and well it appears that call has been heard and the Canadian athletic commission has made an official statement, that being:

According to representatives from the Régie des alcools des courses et des jeux (Quebec’s athletic commission) confirmed that both fighters made weight within the parameters of their contracts, although their regulations do not take into account decimal points.

Well according to the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, all fighters must come in exactly at or below the weight limit for their class during a Title fight.  As this was a title fight then there is a discrepancy between the Canadian commission’s processes and the rules that are applied to all other fighters in other countries.

So was the UFC 158 bout between GSP and Diaz a fair fight?  We think so.  0.9 pounds would not have swayed the direction of the fight in Diaz’s favor.  However, the bigger question is whether it’s fair that one fighter would be penalized for not making weight versus another because of the country they are fighting in?  This is really a complex matter as the issue at hand isn’t so much whether there was collusion of any kind but rather who’s responsibility is it to ensure the standards for a fight are consistent?

Looking at all angles we have to say that it seems like the UFC is left holding this ball.  Each athletic commission is able to draft what ever rules they see fit and combatants competing in their jurisdiction must adhere to those rules, however the UFC should be aware of what those rules are and communicate them to each of their fighters in advance and if they haven’t done so already, include provisions in their contracts that clearly delineate the contingencies of going into the octagon under a different athletic commission’s jurisdiction.

Finally the UFC’s rules and regulations should also be updated to account for these discrepancies as it is pretty obvious the Canadian commission’s decimal point policy is in direct conflict with UFC rules on Title fights.

Regarding the legal dispute between the Diaz camp and the Canadian commission and Georges St Pierre, we must admit it is challenging to say that on the surface it doesn’t appear like a case of sour grapes.  The best outcome for all of this would have been transparency and communication upfront well ahead of the event.  Then there would be no  dispute.  We’re fairly certain the UFC has taken this matter into serious consideration and we would be surprised if something positive doesn’t come out of all of this.

Even so, what do you think?  Let us know how you feel about this in the comments section or by answering the poll!

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Luca has been passionate about martial arts and eastern philosophies since childhood. As an athlete, inventor and entrepreneur Luca founded SciFighting on the principal lessons learned from his life experience "fighting" to preserve his health and fitness. Although born with inherently poor and inconsistent health he pushed forward to learn as much as he could about the sciences of technology, medicine and mental health. Years of study, working with physicians and combined analysis finally began to bare fruit by his early twenties. Starting with Fencing, cross training and body building then moving to Boxing, Western Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Eskrima and an eclectic assortment of self defense techniques. Luca's core philosophy is that to win a battle every fighter must balance their mental and physical health. Luca has said that "With well developed technique, conditioning and mental focus a sound strategy will most often win over brute strength alone." It is in this spirit that he passionately advocates for the "Science of Fighting".