UFC 210 is going down in Buffalo, New York tomorrow night, when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title against Anthony Johnson.
The official weigh-ins for the bout were held today. Both fighters had to come in at 205 pounds or less to qualify for the fight. Johnson had no problem, but Cormier is a different story. Just watch:
Cormier first weighed in at 206.2 pounds, which would've made him ineligible for the fight. But he got a second chance to weigh in, and—after disappearing behind the stage for under a minute—he somehow weighed in at least 1.2 pounds lighter to successfully make weight.
How the heck did that happen?
Many internet posters seem to believe that Cormier pulled a fast one on his second weigh-in by pushing down on the towel being held in front of him, taking some of his own weight off the scale and "tricking" it into displaying a lighter weight. Check out where his hands were doing the first weigh-in:
Now, check out where Cormier's hands were during the second weigh-in:
Interesting, right? It wouldn't take much pressure on that towel to alter the scale reading by a pound or two.
The theory is gaining a lot of traction on social media:
Just did my own experiment & there's little question Cormier leaned on the towel to make weight. Cheating or exploiting a loophole? Hmm. — Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) April 7, 2017
Suppose that's @JonnyBones' fault as well, right Cormier? #UFC210 pic.twitter.com/FKmgQFQD7U — Dale Ryles (@ryledale) April 7, 2017
Cormier at 206.2 (no hands)
Cormier at 205.0 (with hands)
Lost the 1.2 lbs when he pushed up on towel @Josh_Yurasits @FrontRowBrian #ufc210 pic.twitter.com/8iQ0CWxUK3 — Nick Grinups (@nickgrinups) April 7, 2017
Did Cormier pull a fast one? It doesn't matter much now, since he officially made weight and the fight is on for Saturday night.