Weigh-Ins Get Rule Change Following D.C. Controversial Towel Incident

The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has officially changed their rules when it comes to weigh-ins for MMA fights.

Last month, at UFC 210, there was controversy due to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier’s weigh-in.

Cormier originally had failed to make weight for his title defense. However, Cormier took off all of his clothes and appeared to pull himself up on a towel in order to make the 205-pound weight limit.

After the weigh-ins, the NYSAC received criticism for allowing Cormier to potentially cheat to make weight.

The NYSAC has now made new rules to help prevent any foul play while a fighter is weighing-in.

“When on the scale, the combatant shall stand still with his or her feet flat upon the scale and shall not make physical contact with any person or object other than the scale. No other person shall touch the scale when a combatant is in the act of weighing in. While on the scale, the combatant shall follow any direction issued by the Commission.”