Daniel Cormier did not initially make weight for his UFC 210 title defence
Cormier is due to defend his UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt on Saturday against Johnson in Buffalo, New York and the weigh-in was set for this afternoon.
But the champion did not arrive at the venue until minutes before the deadline and initially tipped the scales at 206.2lb.
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The weight limit for the light heavyweight division is 205lb and it appeared the 38-year-old would be forced to vacate his title and fight Johnson in a catchweight bout.
However, Cormier removed all of his remaining clothing and weighed in a second time at exactly 205lb.
His opponent weighed in seconds later, comfortably making it under the limit and recording a weight of 203lb.
Daniel Cormier was forced to strip down in order to make his weight limit for the UFC 210 bout
Anthony Johnson left it late but made weight with two pounds to spare
But the confusion surrounding his sudden weight loss caused NYSAC officials to step in and investigate exactly what had gone on.
The commission subsequently told media that Cormier would have been allowed as much as two hours more time to make weight under a regulation reserved exclusively for title fights.
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On the towel, NYSAC head said "he wasn't holding the towel." When media said he clearly was, he basically shrugged.
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However, ESPN claim Cormier was clearly holding onto the towel which was guarding his dignity, a move which could have stopped his entire bodyweight from pressing down on the scales.
But the NYSAC refused to accept that version of events and it appears Cormier's schedule rematch with Johnson will go ahead with the light heavyweight title on the line as planned.
"He wasn't holding onto the towel on the second attempt," an NYSAC official said.
"I didn't see that."