Anthony Johnson may have officially retired from fighting, but his battles with Daniel Cormier seem to be ongoing. According to manager Ali Abdelaziz, they are looking to file a complaint against “DC” for the controversy that took place during the UFC 210 weigh-ins.
Speaking to ESPN.com, Abdelaziz questioned the manner in which Cormier was able to shave off 1.2 pounds and tip in exactly at 205 pounds, just two minutes after he stepped out from the initial weigh-in. He also clarified that they are not looking for a rematch – rather, to have Cormier have 20% of his purse taken away for technically missing weight.
“Anthony’s rights were violated. We will go through the proper legal channels to fix this. Everybody saw what happened,” Abdelaziz said. “How do you lose 1.2 pounds in two minutes?”
“We don’t want to take anything away from [Cormier]. He earned that win. But [Cormier] needs to give up 20 percent of his purse to Anthony. He had two extra hours to cut the weight and I think he probably would have made it — but as it happened, I don’t think he made weight.”
UFC 210 was filled with other disputes, specifically during the co-main event fight between Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi. UFC president Dana White later defended the New York State Athletic Commission for their inexperience in promoting major mixed martial arts fights.
Abdelaziz recognizes that the NYSAC may be new to MMA regulation, but also believes actions should be taken since combat sports rulings is not something new to the state.
“I understand New York is new to regulating mixed martial arts, but they’ve been doing boxing for a long time. Everybody is trying to sweep this under the rug, but it’s not going to happen.”
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