UFC 210 saw Daniel Cormier, the promotion’s light heavyweight champion, pull a fast one during weigh ins.
With minutes left Cormier hit the scales, stripped bare, and weighed 1.2 pounds over the limit. Moments later Cormier weighed in again and succeeded in making weight. What miraculous means were used to drop 1.2 pounds in two minutes? Leaning on the towel.
The New York State Athletic Commission was widely criticized for being fooled by this transparent ruse. They have now, to their credit, overhauled their weigh in procedures to address such behavior.
As reported at mixedmartialarts.com, the NYSAC has now revised their weigh in procedure for boxing and MMA events adding the following restriction
” When on the scale, the combatant shall stand still with his or her feet flat upon the scale and shall not make physical contact with any person or object other than the scale. No other person shall touch the scale when a combatant is in the act of weighing in. While on the scale, the combatant shall follow any direction issued by the Commission.”
The new language also calls for discipline for anyone who violates this directive.
The full bulletin reads as follows –
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