Controversy in Buffalo at UFC210 weigh-ins

Daniel Cormier makes weight on the second attempt and Pearl Gonzalez is pulled from her fight

Daniel Cormier

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Daniel Cormier needed two attempts to make weight in Buffalo this afternoon ahead of his light-heavyweight title fight against Anthony Johnson at UFC210.

It was one of the more bizarre UFC weigh-ins, with both Cormier and Johnson waiting right until the end of proceedings to weigh in.

Cormier stepped on the scales at 206.2lbs at his first attempt. The former Olympian needed to hit the mark of 205lbs and had he missed weight, his title fight with Johnson would have been called off.

Cormier stepped off the scales and returned almost two-and-a-half minutes later and weighed in 1.2lbs lighter. For the second attempt he placed his hands on the towel - which was being held in front of him because he was naked - and some have suggested that this might have taken some of his weight.

The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) accepted this as a valid weigh-in and the title fight will go ahead. Johnson weighed in at 203.8.

NYSAC executive director Tony Giardina explained that it is the policy of the NYSAC for championships bout is to allow fighters to get on the scale for a second time if they are overweight the first time they get on the scale. 

Cormier would have had an additional two hours to make weight.

Meanwhile, Pearl Gonzalez was pulled from her upcoming strawweight bout with Cynthia Calvillo.

Gonzalez was informed after her weigh-in and according to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani, the fighter was pulled due to having breast implants.

The NYSAC states: "Due to the concern over rupture, boxers who have breast implants are not eligible to box in New York. Boxers who have had breast reduction surgeries are eligible to box."