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Daniel Cormier needed a second go (and a towel) to make weight for his bout with Anthony Johnson

The light heavyweight champion shed his shorts and 1.2 pounds in two minutes to keep tomorrow’s title fight on.

THERE WAS LATE drama at today’s weigh-in for UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York as light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier needed two attempts to prove his weight for his main event meeting with Anthony Johnson.

Cormier’s first visit to the scales put him at 206.2 lbs, 1.2 over the division’s 205lb limit. However, he returned just two minutes later and, with the help of a towel, made his target.

The unexpected helping hand from the UFC-branded bath-sheet has already spawned a Twitter account.

Challenger Johnson weighed in at 203.8 lbs without removing his track-suit bottoms.

Ordinarily, UFC rules would not have permitted Cormier a chance to re-weigh, but New York State Athletic Commission director Tony Giardina told Ariel Helwani that the state’s rules overruled the UFC in this case:

“He’s allowed, according to commission policy, up to two hours to get back on the scale (for a title fight).”

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