UFC: Breanna Holden and Richie Vas preview the Light Heavyweight title fight that headlines UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York
WEIGHT-GATE is not going away.
Following a controversial morning at the UFC 210 weigh-ins involving Daniel Cormier making weight for his main event fight against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, former champion Jon Jones has now given his opinion on the matter, branding it “one of the dirtiest things I’ve seen in sports”.
The entire situation started when Cormier stepped onto the scale and the New York Commission read his official weight at 206.2 pounds. Because Cormier is competing in a championship bout he had to weight 205-pounds or less or risk the matchup turning into a non-title fight.
Cormier returned to the scale two minutes later flanked by towels as he removed his clothes, but this time he hit the mark at 205-pounds exactly.
Replays of the weigh-ins showed that Cormier had his hands on the towel in front of him, which has been alleged as a trick to alleviate some of the pressure from the scale so he would appear to be 205-pounds rather than the heavier weight that was previously recorded.
Jones is in Buffalo watch the event on Saturday night, but he was asked for his opinion on the matter and the former champion ripped Cormier for what he believed was a dirty trick to help him make weight.
“That was absolutely nuts. I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing,” Jones said on Friday. “If you focus on his hands, you can see him looking down and like balancing out his weight just right to make 205 [pounds]. What a clever trick. Pretty dishonest of him.
“The crazy thing is that it was allowed to happen. I would imagine there would be some type of commission to go back and see this blatant foul play and address it. No one’s addressed it. They just got away with doing one of the dirtiest things I’ve seen in sports.”
Cormier claimed after the weigh-in that he had no idea about any trick to manipulate his weight by holding onto the towel.
Instead, Cormier explained that he was holding onto the towel to avoid exposing himself to the audience sitting in front of him at the weigh-ins.
Regardless of the incident, the main event for Saturday night is official as Cormier puts his title on the line against Johnson with the winner likely meeting Jones later this year.
JONES RESPONDS TO DC THREAT ABOUT OCTAGON ENTRY
Jon Jones doesn’t pay too much attention to anything Daniel Cormier says about him, but he heard second hand about one particular rant from the light heavyweight champion from earlier this week.
Jones is currently in Buffalo with plans to attend UFC 210 on Saturday night where he will sit cage side to watch Cormier go to battle with Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the main event.
It’s expected that Jones would then face the winner later this year when he’s eligible to return to action following the end of his one-year suspension after testing positive for a banned substance in 2016.
Upon hearing that Jones would be present in Buffalo and also sitting cage side for the fight, Cormier issued a warning to his longtime rival about thinking twice before even thinking about stepping inside the Octagon to confront him after he’s victorious against Johnson.
“He better not come in my cage after I win. He’s not welcome in there,” Cormier said on Thursday. “He’s still suspended. When he’s eligible to fight then he can walk in the cage but if he dares to step into that Octagon, something bad will happen.”
Jones responded on Friday while speaking to the media in Buffalo when Cormier’s warning was brought up to him.
“I heard about it. I haven’t seen it for myself. I think he said something like if I came into the Octagon it won’t be pretty or something like that. I should just see what he meant by that,” Jones said. “Maybe go in there.”
As tempting as it might be for Jones to step into the Octagon for no other reason than to get under Cormier’s skin, the former champion says that’s not what will happen after UFC 210 concludes on Saturday night.
Jones won’t be confronting Cormier to call him out after the fight, although he couldn’t resist getting one more jab in at his rival ahead of his bout against Johnson.
“Yeah, I have no intentions of going in there, harassing the guy,” Jones said about Cormier. “I want him to enjoy his last moments with the belt.”
UFC: Fox Sports goes in depth with Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh about opening a gym in Australia, Mcgregor v Mayweather and Conor’s next move after his megabout.
Originally published as Jones vs DC: ‘One of dirtiest things I’ve seen’