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Johnson intensifies complaints over Cormier’s UFC 210 weigh-in

By on April 13, 2017

Anthony JohnsonAnthony “Rumble” Johnson is still displeased about the controversy surrounding Daniel Cormier’s weigh-in before their UFC 210 light heavyweight title bout and has filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission regarding the event.

Johnson, of course, was defeated by rear-naked choke in the second round of the fight, but not before Cormier was able to weigh in at 205 pounds just three minutes after weighing 206.2 on the day of weigh-ins. During the weigh-in, Cormier stripped down and appeared to rest his hands on the towel held in front of him to conceal his body.

Johnson’s representatives have requested that Cormier provide sworn testimony to explain the weigh-in and be fined 20% of his fight purse to Johnson if he is suspended by the athletic commission. If that occurs, Johnson’s team argues that Cormier should also be stripped of his title.

Of course, Johnson has issued a statement via his Instagram that claims he is not looking for Cormier to be stripped of his title. “He beat me and that’s that,” Johnson said. “I’m not complaining about the loss, I’m complaining about the weigh-ins.”

So while Johnson claims that a loss is a loss, his team appears to think differently and is looking for a harsher punishment than Johnson himself has backed. Either way, Johnson says that it’s not about making extra money or erasing a deserved loss from his resume, but instead about the principle of the matter.

It makes sense, really. Weigh-ins are a very personal thing to fighters, which is clear to anyone who has followed the fight game for any length of time. With as hard as fighters work to cut weight before a fight, there’s nothing that pisses them off more than finding out that their opponents have cut corners or failed to do the same work.

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