ANTHONY Johnson may be retired but he’s not done fighting just yet.
This week, Johnson’s lawyer Craig Zimmerman filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) over the controversial weigh-ins that took place last week in Buffalo ahead of UFC 210.
The situation unfolded when light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier stepped on the scale and weighed 206.2 pounds, which was 1.2 pounds (0.54kg) over the limit for the title fight. Cormier left the stage and then returned just a couple of minutes later and made the 205-pound limit.
It was later noted that Cormier had his hands on the towel that was covering him during the weigh-in that could have potentially manipulated his weight on the scale. Cormier has denied any wrongdoing and stated he only held onto the towel to ensure he wasn’t exposed to the members of the media covering the weigh-ins that morning.
Ultimately the situation didn’t sit well with Johnson or his team and they’ve now filed an appeal on his behalf while looking for the proper penalty to be assessed against Cormier as well as his title being stripped, which would have been the result had he failed to make weight for the fight taking place the next night.
From the appeal, as sent to FOX Sports by Johnson’s lawyer:
“Daniel Cormier keenly understands the importance of fair and honest weigh-ins yet he chose to, inexplicably, grab the towels in front of him while on the scale. He must be called upon to explain, under oath, to the NYSAC, Anthony Johnson, the general public, the UFC, his fellow fighters and the sport of mixed martial arts, the reason for his actions at the weigh-in on April 8, 2017,” the statement read.
“After such sworn testimony, if Mr Cormier could not, would not or did not satisfactorily provide an evidence and fact based explanation for his conduct then he should be disciplined for his action by the NYSAC to preserve the integrity of the sport.
“Should Mr Cormier be subject to discipline, while it is clear he could be suspended for his actions, at a minimum, Daniel Cormier should be ordered to pay 20 per cent of his fight purse to Anthony Johnson and should be stripped of his UFC men’s light heavyweight title for failing to make weight on April 8, 2017.”
It is worth noting that Johnson isn’t appealing the result of the fight but rather the situation surrounding the weigh-ins from the day before the event.
Zimmerman also told FOX Sports that the New York Commission has acknowledged receipt of the appeal that was filed this week.
Johnson ultimately fell to Cormier in the fight the following night before retiring from the sport to pursue a new occupation outside of mixed martial arts.
Still, it’s clear the former title contender isn’t happy with the way the weigh-ins were handled due to the controversial circumstances surrounding his opponent missing and then making weight just minutes apart.
SOURCE: newsnow sport