Daniel Cormier, UFC champ historically has a difficult weight cut, and having to step onto the scale in the morning hasn’t exactly helped.
There was some sort of drama involving when UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weighed in at UFC 220, But there was no controversy.
Daniel Cormier said on the Outside the Cage podcast that the early weigh-ins, which were introduced to the UFC back in June 2016, to force fighters to go to sleep the night before almost completely dehydrated. (via BloodyElbow)
“The morning weigh-ins does make it a little bit tougher,” said Cormier, who faces Volkan Oezdemir in the UFC 220 co-main event on Saturday night in Boston. “When I was making weight at four in the afternoon, it was real easy, because you could sleep all morning, get up at 11, go lose your weight like a normal workout, then go weigh-in in the afternoon.
“The morning weigh-ins now make it a little bit more difficult, because you get no rest. You don’t float any weight anymore. Before, (when) you went to bed at seven over, you knew when you got up at 8 a.m. you’d be five over, because you’d float two pounds overnight. Now, you don’t really get that, because you’re starving when you go to bed, because you go to bed so close to the weight. You don’t float anything, and then you get up in the morning and you have to just make the weight. I’m not the biggest fan of the morning weigh-ins, I gotta be honest.”
DC, who competed in the heavyweight division earlier in his MMA career, nearly missed weight ahead of a title defense at UFC 210 against Anthony Johnson in Buffalo, New York last April. Initially, he came out little heavier than the 205-pound limit, but after being given a second attempt, he made weight moments later.
The UFC light heavyweight champion Cormier was the final fighter to step on the scales at the UFC 220 official weigh-ins on Friday morning at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.
Cormier finally showing up at 10:40 a.m EST, 20 minutes before the 11:00 a.m. deadline. Champ stepped on the scales 24 minutes after the last fighter before him, heavyweight title challenger Francis Ngannou, did.
Once he arrived, where the drama ended. With a pair of commission employees holding up a towel, Cormier promptly weighed in at the allowable limit of 205 pounds as his teammates let out a cheer. Oezdemir also weighed in at 205.
UFC 220 set to takes place at TD Garden on January 20. In the main event, current champ Stipe Miocic defends the heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou.