NYSAC set to change weigh-ins following DC towel incident at UFC 210
Daniel Cormier’s UFC 210 weigh in didn’t go without its share of controversy.
In the days running up to the highly anticipated UFC 210 Main Event, there had been rumours circulating the web about Daniel Cormier and how he was struggling to make the 205-pound limit, whilst Anthony Jonhson was set to make the weight comfortably. When the early weigh-ins came around, which have been made so the UFC fighters can rehydrate themselves before their key fights the following evening, Daniel Cormier was the first of the two to take to the scales weighing in at 206.2 pounds missing out on the championship weight limit, before returning 2 minutes later with UFC officials and his teammates holding a towel. As DC stepped on the scales, he looked to be pushing down on the towel in hope to redistribute his weight. He made the 205-pound limit and the commission missed the hands on the towel, leaving a lot of anger by fans surrounding the situation, leaving Johnson seconds to weigh in also making weight. DC would have had 2 hours to try and make the 205-pound limit.
The commission is set to tell all fighters that step on the scale with a towel, now have to raise their hands in order for all weigh-ins to be fair and to stop all backlash of fighters trying to redistribute their weight. Daniel Cormier spoke about the following incident on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani saying “When I got off the scale the first time, I walked away, and they didn’t cover me. So obviously, a guy thinks that he’s losing everything that he’s worked for on the scale, and we just walk back off the scale and nobody even worried about protecting me. So I was like, you know what, I’m going to hold the towel a little bit myself to make sure that I’m covered.”
Daniel Cormier went on to defeat Anthony Johnson via Rear Naked Choke in the second round Retaining his UFC championship, shortly after the fight Johnson Called an end to his long career. Daniel Cormier is now scheduled to fight Jon Jones at UFC 214.