Rumble Filing Complaint Over Cormier Weigh-In
While UFC 210 will be remembered for Daniel Cormier finishing Anthony Johnson and Johnson’s subsequent retirement, an issue that arose before the fight will continue to linger: Johnson’s team is filing a complaint stemming from Daniel Cormier’s suspicious weigh-in.
On Friday, Daniel Cormier missed the 205 lb. limit by over a pound when he first stepped onto the scale. The light-heavyweight champ returned a mere two minutes later and made 205 on the dot, but not without controversy: Cormier appeared to be pushing down on the towel as he stepped on the scale, which is thought to be a way to manipulate his weight.
Following the weigh-ins, Johnson’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said that they wanted to focus on the fight but were aware of the controversy and would address it after UFC 210 was over.
On Monday, Abdelaziz made good on that promise, telling ESPN that they were seeking a percentage of Cormier’s purse since they believe he technically missed weight.
"Anthony’s rights were violated. We will go through the proper legal channels to fix this. Everybody saw what happened,” Abdelaziz said. “How do you lose 1.2 pounds in two minutes?"
"We don’t want to take anything away from [Cormier]. He earned that win. 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."
There have certainly been many bumps involved with the UFC dealing with the New York Athletic Commission since MMA’s legalization in the state, but Abdelaziz says that this issue needs to be addressed.
"I understand New York is new to regulating mixed martial arts, but they’ve been doing boxing for a long time. Everybody is trying to sweep this under the rug, but it’s not going to happen."