According to a report by ESPN.com, recently retired UFC light-heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson will formally dispute the result of his recent title bout against Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York.
Johnson’s complaint is derived from the controversy surrounding the April 7th weigh-ins, during which light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier initially weighed in 1.2 pounds over the 205 pound weight limit before briefly disappearing backstage. The two-time Olympian then returned several minutes later and stepped on the scales once again, this time weighing in at exactly 205 pounds.
Cormier caused a lot of controversy with his second attempt to make weight when he appeared to lean on a towel that was being held in front of him to hide his naked body from observers. Many fans and fighters have claimed Cormier used the towel to offset some of his weight, but the champ denies that it had any effect.
“Anthony’s rights were violated,” Abdelaziz told ESPN.com. “We will go through the proper legal channels to fix this. Everybody saw what happened. How do you lose 1.2 pounds in two minutes?”
“We don’t want to take anything away from [Cormier]. He earned that win,” Abdelaziz said. “But [Cormier] needs to give up 20 percent of his purse to Anthony. He had two extra hours to cut the weight and I think he probably would have made it — but as it happened, I don’t think he made weight.”
“I understand New York is new to regulating mixed martial arts, but they’ve been doing boxing for a long time,” he said. “Everybody is trying to sweep this under the rug, but it’s not going to happen.”