Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier ran into a little trouble earlier today (Fri., April 7, 2017) when he initially missed weight at the UFC 210 weigh ins. After tipping the scales 1.2 pounds over the 205-limit for his title fight with Anthony Johnson, “DC” was given extra time to lose the weight and eventually weighed in on mark.
“It was crazy, I weighed in upstairs and I was like ‘Man I’m OK, I’m going to do this,’’ said Cormier on FOX Sports 1. “It was harder than normally, but we figured we had it done, the scale was weighing different.
“We went in the back and they informed me that the New York state rule is you can actually re-weigh, and if you don’t make it, you have two hours to actually make the weight, so I started feeling pretty confident after that,” continued Cormier.
Upon review, Cormier was seen pushing down on his own towel during the second weigh in (full replay here), which is an old amateur wrestling trick. It was odd to see, especially since the champ only took a few minutes to get back onto the scale after his initial miss. Still, Cormier insists his actions were strictly to cover up his “junk.”
Cormier’s towel fiasco didn’t go over so well with nemesis Jon Jones, who was in attendance during a UFC 210 media scrum earlier today. As someone who has never missed weigh (although he has screwed up in other facets of life), Jones quickly bashed “DC” about the mishap.
“That was absolutely nuts,” said Jones. “I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. If you focus on his hands you can see him looking down and balancing out his weight just right to make 205. What a clever trick. Pretty dishonest of him.
“The crazy thing was that it was allowed to happen. I would imagine there would have to be some sort of commission or something to go back and see this blatant foul play and address it. They just completely got away with doing one of the dirtiest things I've seen in sports.”
Jon Jones, on the dirtiest thing he's seen in sports ... pic.twitter.com/jWHGxnl9WZ— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 7, 2017
Whether it was inadvertent or an act of blatant cheating, Cormier will be able to defend his title opposite “Rumble” at UFC 210 as planned. Jones will be watching closely as he’s expected to fight the winner later this year.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 210 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
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