Anthony "Rumble" Johnson made a shocking revelation during his post-fight interview.
MMA media and fans noticed that Cormier's hands were on top of the towel during his second weigh-in attempt (the first one being about two minutes before), which could offset the 1.2 pounds he was over.
Cormier lived up to his words, defeating Johnson by second-round submission via rear-naked choke to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Cormier started his career as a heavyweight and, at 38 years old, will only find making the 205lb light heavyweight limit gets more hard for him - but this is hardly ideal preparation for his title defence in the main event on Saturday. So the question going into the fight: could Rumble come back and knock out Cormier?
Johnson had kept his decision a secret from all but a few of the people closest to him, with not even UFC President Dana White having prior knowledge of the bombshell that he dropped in the Octagon after the fight.More news: Leafs' Andersen forced to exit game after hit to head
"It's just business", Johnson said, per Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting.
Jimi Manuwa wasn't going to sit idly by from his London home and watch Jon Jones steal the limelight. During a news conference, former champion Jon Jones - who has a heated rivalry with Cormier - called it "one of the dirtiest things I've seen in sports". "I'm going to show the world not only do I have breast implants, but I'm a talented fighter". And I know he has that wrestling base and once a wrestler, always a wrestler, but you know I think he's pretty much fallen in love with his striking and his power.
Back in UFC 187, we correctly predicted "DC" to win but this time with his weight issues, I'm sitting on the fence for this one.
"I can't wait to get back to Buffalo", he said. After a break, Johnson exploded with a knee that caused Cormier to buckle, leading to a kick to the face that hurt the beltholder, but Cormier was able to clinch to ride out the clock for the remainder of the first-round. I won't say better, but just different. I didn't want to take that head kick. "I just want Saturday to come", said middleweight Chris Weidman. "I'm exhausted and the time is now for me to keep it moving..."