Last night, in the main event of UFC 210, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier defended his crown with a second-round submission of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. As impressive as Cormier’s blowout of Johnson was, however, it was not without controversy.
On Friday morning, the 26 fighters competing on the UFC 210 bill were scheduled to weigh in for their respective battles. Cormier was one of the last to do so, which was an immediate indication of a difficult weight cut.
From there, things only got worse, as he initially weighed in at 206.2 pounds, 1.2 pounds over the limit of 205 pounds required for a light heavyweight title fight. In a strange twist, however, Cormier was allowed to weigh in again just minutes later, and this time, he managed hit the 205-mark. This is where the controversy occured.
Having stripped down of all his clothes to make weight, Cormier was surrounded by a towel, which was held in place by UFC officials. As he stepped on the scale, he appeared to press down on the towel, effectively redistributing a fraction of his weigh to trick the scale.
This controversial move quickly drove the MMA community into a frenzy, as some accused Cormier of bending the rules, while others suggested there was no way pressing on a towel could actually change his weight that much.
In a recent video shared to Instagram by veteran Brazilian fighter Roan “Jucao” Carneiro, however, we’re shown just how effective this technique can be. By pressing on the towel, Jucao’s training partner is able to shed several pounds in mere seconds. Watch this interesting video at the top of this post!
Shortly after this chaotic weight cut, Cormier suggested he might be done fighting at light heavyweight. Having ultimately made weight and earned the win, however, he seems to have changed his tune.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/9/2017.