Daniel Cormier successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight championship on Saturday night by defeating Anthony “Rumble” Johnson via rear naked choke in the second round. But that’s hardly the biggest story of the night.
During weigh ins on Friday, Cormier actually stepped on the scales at 206.2 pounds, which is heavier than the 205-pound weight limit for that division. Considering he was alredy totally naked at the time, it didn’t seem like there was any more weight to lose. The New York State Athletic Commission apparently has a rule allowing those involved in championship fights a chance to return to the scale within two hours. However, Cormier came back to the scale just two minutes later and managed a successful weigh in of 205-pounds. How did he lose 1.2 pounds in about 90 seconds?
Here’s a video of Cormier’s weigh in from MMAFighting.com:
During the second weigh in, Cormier grabs the towel and miraculously sheds the 1.2 pounds. Critics were quick to accuse the champ of using an old trick, where his cornermen hold the towel tightly and allow Cormier to exert just enough downward force on the towel to trick the scale into thinking he’s lighter than reality.
Here’s another MMA fighter, Roan “Jucao” Carnerio from American Top Team, showing the same trick in an Instagram post.
After beating Rumble (and apparently sending him into retirement), Cormier was quick to brush off the controversy after the fight, claiming he was just being bashful.
““I made the weight,” Cormier said. “That’s how you put it to rest. Made the weight, fought tonight, defended my championship. If I was holding the towel I was just trying to hide myself. My whole ass was showing.”