After getting submitted by UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 this past April, Anthony Johnson filed an appeal to have the champ’s title stripped following a controversial weigh-in that apparently saw Cormier push down on his own towel to make the 205-pound benchmark. Luckily for “DC,” the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) denied Johnson’s appeal earlier today (Fri., June 2, 2017), per an original report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
NYSAC’s denial letter can be seen here courtesy of MMA Junkie.
“Their position is that Anthony didn’t officially protest at the weigh-in, so he accepted it,” Johnson’s attorney, Craig Zimmerman, told MMA Junkie. “I think there’s no requirement that a fighter protest at a weigh-in. I just don’t think they want to rule on it.”
Cormier, of course, denied the entire thing, while nemesis Jon Jones called it the dirtiest thing he has ever seen in sports. At the moment of the weigh-in, Cormier’s second attempt on the scale was deemed legal, miraculously dropping 1.2 pounds in a matter of minutes.
Johnson, on the other hand, shockingly retired from MMA after losing to Cormier at UFC 210. It was the second time “Rumble” was submitted by “DC” in the span of just two years.
Zimmerman, who was looking to have Cormier fined 20 percent and stripped of his light heavyweight title if found guilty, added that his team is determining if they want to pursue legal action against the NYSAC.