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UFC Color Commentator Joe Rogan Supports ‘Crazy’ Record Fighter

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Joe Rogan recently commented on the UFC 274 scale controversy that ended with Charles Oliveira losing his lightweight belt.

A day before Oliveira was scheduled to defend his strap against Justin Gaethje at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, “Do Bronx” failed to make championship weight. Instead of weighing 155 pounds, Oliveira tipped the scales at 155.5 pounds on two attempts, half a pound over the limit.

Because of this, the belt became vacant right at the start of the headliner on May 7th. Oliveira won the fight via rear naked choke in the first round, but because he was ineligible to earn the belt, the division is left championless.

Before the fight, however, two UFC 274 fighters narrated Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting that the scale fighters used at the hotel was turned off. Specifically, they said it showed users weighing half a pound less than what they actually weighed.

UFC President Dana White told media during the UFC 274 post-fight press conference that the promotion will now be monitored by security guards to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again.

Oliveira is now No. 1 in the division. Do Bronx (33-8) is on an 11-fight win streak and holds multiple UFC records, including most placements (19) and most submissions (16) in promotion history.

As with all UFC cards, the Arizona event saw fighters from around the world compete. Many of them use kilograms instead of pounds, meaning they switched the scale from pounds to kilograms. Then a fighter who uses pounds used the scale and they reset the scale from kilograms to pounds.

According to the UFC president, this repeated process could cause the scale to read the weight incorrectly.

Well, Rogan said during episode #1819 of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast that Oliveira was “ripped off.” The Brazilian had tweeted before the official weigh-in that he had weight.

“He’s a very, very nice guy,” Rogan said. “And he got screwed in his last fight. There was some shenanigans with the scales. Some people had been playing around with the scales. Here’s a problem with these digital scales: foreign fighters use kilograms. And in America, of course, we use pounds.

“These scales are calibrated and then the foreign fighters would reset the scales so they could switch back to kilograms. So it messed up the whole calibration. He weighed in the night before the weigh-in and he was like, ‘Oh, I’m good to go.’ And then he goes to weight loss in the morning and there is a pound plus less. And that is directly related to this calibration thing.”

Rogan also spoke about the UFC’s positioning security on the scale moving forward. “The UFC has a new policy for this reason where they have a keeper watching over the scale 24 hours a day,” the UFC color commentator continued. “For example, they have shifts where no one can handle the scales.

“When you step onto this scale to try yourself, they will watch you like a hawk and you won’t push any buttons. You just hop on, what’s your weight, hop off. That’s it.”

Rogan’s guest, Cameron Hanes, told Rogan that this controversy was “surprising” because while the UFC is the largest MMA organization in the world, they “didn’t figure that out.”

“It’s Phoenix,” Rogan replied. “That’s it. And it’s not a knock on Phoenix. I love Phoenix. It’s just that the people that are there don’t regularly have high-level MMA world championship fights. They do a few. We had a good time there. They had some good events there. But they just made a mistake. They’re going to let these guys do it.

“Someone should have watched the scales. And the dial was off, and that’s a fact.”

Rogan then said that wasn’t the “best excuse” for Oliveira since his opponent was championship weight. Women’s featherweight Norma Dumont was the only other fighter on the card to miss weight.

“Someone should have watched the scales. And the dial was off, and that’s a fact.”

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