Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was able to get one over on New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) at the UFC 210 weigh ins, losing 1.2 pounds in just two minutes.
It’s called the towel diet and you can get a tutorial right here.
NYSAC was not amused, but in absence of specific language preventing such tomfoolery, “DC” was able to skip town unpunished. But not long after he was gone, the procedures were amended to prevent future tricks.
Courtesy of MMA Fighting:
When on the scale, the combatant shall stand still with his or her feet flat upon the scale and shall not make physical contact with any person or object other than the scale. No other person shall touch the scale when a combatant is in the act of weighing in. While on the scale, the combatant shall follow any direction issued by the Commission.
Better late than never.
His opponent, Anthony Johnson, filed an appeal with the commission and wanted “DC” — who moves on to fight Jon Jones at UFC 214 this summer in Anaheim — to be stripped of his title (more on that here).
Cormier, meanwhile, continues to maintain his innocence.