UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier may have some trouble in his next fight, and it has nothing to do with his opponent.
This week, the state of California passed new rules when it comes to weight cutting in the sport of mixed martial arts. The new rules have a few major factors on weight cutting.
First, the commission will monitor a fighter’s weight when they are applying for a license to ensure they are not cutting too much weight. The commission will also enforce stricter fines on fighters who miss weight. Lastly, fighters are only allowed to gain 10 percent of their body weight in between the weigh-ins and their fight.
UFC 214 in Anaheim, California will be the first UFC event to be impacted by the new rules. The event is headlined by Cormier defending his title against former champion Jon Jones.
With Cormier’s size, even though he has never missed weight as a light heavyweight, he may struggle to follow the new protocols. Cormier was at one time one of the best heavyweights in MMA.
In the video below, you can hear former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen discuss this potential issue.