In UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier’s most recent fight, the champ caught quite a bit of criticism when he weighed in 1.2 pounds over the light heavyweight title fight limit of 205 pounds for his title defense with Anthony Johnson. Cormier then reemerged just moments later and pressed down on the privacy towel to offset his weight, in order to make weight without cutting the weight.
Ahead of Cormier’s UFC 214 showdown with Jon Jones this weekend, Cormier’s nutritionist spoke with MMAFighting to discuss the situation leading up to the fight:
“DC” fans don’t have to worry about any of that this week, per Cormier’s nutritionist Tyler Minton of FitnessVT. Cormier is 215 pounds as of Wednesday night and still completely hydrated.
“He’s really lean right now,” said Minton, who works with MMA nutrition gurus George Lockhart and Daniel Lieth. “He really is. He’s got abs showing. He’s a lean guy right now. He looks amazing. Daniel Cormier has a lot of muscle mass — he’s a muscular dude. He’s a stud athlete. You remove mixed martial arts, he’s just an athlete.”
“We hit the numbers we needed to hit for the 30-day out,” Minton said. “We hit those just through diet. We didn’t have to do anything crazy. So yeah, he started a bit lighter and it’s made the whole camp easy. Because instead of focusing on cutting weight for six weeks, we fed him like an athlete. I tell people all the time, you don’t feed a supermodel and an athlete the same way. We’ve been able to feed him like a 205-pound world champion.”
Tune in to the UFC 214 weigh-ins tomorrow to see how Cormier looks during weigh-ins for the fight, and tune in Saturday night to see the fight go down!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/27/2017.