UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier will have to be cautious when cutting weight for his next fight.
Cormier is scheduled to defend his title against former champion Jon Jones at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.
Recently, the state of California passed new legislation that will impact the way fighters cut weight in the sport of MMA. UFC 214 will be the first event impacted by these new rules.
With the state’s new rules, doctors will now keep track of how much a fighter weighs and determine whether or not he or she can safely lose enough weight to fight in their desired weight class.
“I have to be careful,” Cormier told MMA Fighting.
“It will actually be better for me because I’ll get down in weight earlier. That’s the way I used to do it when I first moved down to 205.”
Cormier has to cut a significant amount of weight in order to make the 205-pound weight limit for light heavyweight fights. If Cormier has to lose more than 10 percent of his body weight in order to make the weight limit, the state of California may not give him a license to compete.