The main event for UFC 210 is on, but not by much.
Daniel Cormier is going to fight Anthony Johnson Saturday for the UFC light heavyweight title in New York City. But it is not going on without any kind of controversy. Cormier just made weight.
Cormier stepped on the scale initially and weighed 206.2 pounds. The match seemed to be off at the time and the fight between Cormier and Johnson would not go on as expected.
However, Cormier went to the back and came back out to step on the scale one more time. This time, he weighed 205 pounds.
How was this possible? New York State Athletic Commission executive Tony Giardina told MMA Fighting that it is the state’s policy to allow a second weigh-in.
But how did Cormier drop the 1.2 pounds? Theories suggest he was holding down on a towel, which would alleviate the weight. An old school trick to make weight. A second weigh in showed Cormier holding the towel.
Giardini said he did not see Cormier hold the towel with force. He did not explain how Cormier might have lost the weight.
“We don’t ask that question,” Giardini said. “I heard it was excessive sweat and he might have been holding the towel, but I don’t know for sure.”
UFC is going all out to make this fight happen. Hopefully, it will live up to the hype.