While those at home might believe UFC light heavyweight Daniel Cormier might have been a bit sneaky with a towel this morning, you won’t hear the champion admit it himself.
Cormier originally hit the scales this morning at 206.2-pounds, before walking out of the room and returning promptly and making the 205-lb limit. Some speculated he did so by gently pushing on the towel (supplied to cover his genitals) to lift some of the pressure from the scale.
According to Cormier though, it was merely a case of privacy.
“What does doing that do? I don’t understand,” Cormier said to the media following the UFC 210 ceremonial weigh-ins. “It’s not something I’ve done before. No, I just wanted to make sure I didn’t show my junk.”
Here's Cormier on the towel pic.twitter.com/wtZEgpGAja
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And, whether or not you feel that he gamed the system to make the weight, Cormier is adamant that with the NYSAC allowing him or Anthony Johnson taking a further two hours should they initially miss weight, he would have got there one way or another.
“It was crazy, I weighed in upstairs and I was like ‘Man I’m OK, I’m going to do this,’’ Cormier said, speaking on FOX Sports 1. “It was harder than normally, but we figured we had it done, the scale was weighing different.
“We went in the back and they informed me that the New York state rule is you can actually re-weigh, and if you don’t make it, you have two hours to actually make the weight, so I started feeling pretty confident after that … I would have made weight then or made it two hours later. I had a pound when the scale was weighing the way it was weighing, I would have lost a pound in two hours and still made weight.”
Either way, all the controversy has added credence to the idea that making the 205 limit is becoming a tougher and tougher endeavor for the champion.
“The last couple have been tough,” Cormier said. “I’m getting older, I’m 38 years old, fighting in a weight class I didn’t start my career in.”