Yea that's the only grey area atm, I'm trying to find out if this excludes title fights. My reasoning behind it is Travis Lutter failed to make weight by 1.5 pounds for a UFC title fight and it was changed to a 3 round non title fight for this reason. Weird how the commission would allow it for the GSP fight but not the Lutter fight
Commissions may also approve catch weight bouts, subject to their review and discretion. For example, the Commission may still decide to allow the contest if it feels that the contest would still be fair, safe and competitive if a set catch weight is set in advance at 163 pounds, for example.
Catchweight has to be agreed by both parties involved in advance at the very least, so I can't see how telling the Diaz camp in a shady way just to 'keep them in the loop' follows suit with this.
The only thing I can find about catchweight specifically stating about title fights is on wiki and is jumbled in between boxing and mma so how much truth there is in it is always debatable...
Combat sports commonly have defined weight classes with specific weight limits. For example, each boxing division with the exception of heavyweight has its own limits for weight classes, ranging from 105 pounds for minimum weight to 200 pounds for cruiserweight and varying in range in the weight classes in between. In order to fight for a championship in these weight classes the fighters must come in to the fight at or below said weight.
Saying that I'm not saying GSP didn't make weight just that it was shady the way the whole situation was dealt with.
There's nothing shady about it. I bolded the the first part for a reason. They turned the Lutter fight into a non-title fight. That's exactly what woulda happened if GSP didn't make weight. Diaz would've been dominated for 5 rounds in a non-title fight rather than a title fight. Remember back in the day when..., I think it was Paulo Filho, the WEC champ missed weight against challenger Chael Sonnen? Yeah, the champ missed weight, and Chael won, but didn't win the title because the champ missing weight changed it to a non-title fight. That's why Diaz is the only one that had anything to gain from GSP getting extra time. If anything, despite Diaz not having anything to do with it, the whole thing is shady in Diaz's favor.