And they took Charles Oliveira’s belt for half a pound – Fans react to Daniel Cormier admitting to ‘towel-gate’ during Hall of Fame ceremony

UFC fans reacted after Daniel Cormier finally decided to come clean about one of the most controversial moments of his stellar career.

‘DC’ was inducted into the modern wing of the UFC Hall of Fame as part of the International Fight Week festivities. Now that his legacy has been immortalized on the pages of the UFC history book, the former two division champion decided it was about time to confess to his crimes.

At UFC 210 in 2017, Cormier struggled with his weight cut and ended up going over the light heavyweight division’s limit on his first attempt. When he returned to tip the scales a few moments later, Cormier stripped naked and stood behind a towel before it was announced that he had miraculously made the 205-pound mark.

Watch Daniel Cormier’s controversial weigh-in below:

Daniel Cormier clearly pressing down on towel in order to make 205. Hugely controversial scenes. #ufc210

During his Hall of Fame speech, the former champ-champ finally shared the full version of the story:

“Guys, I want to tell you something, because I think right now is the time to be completely transparent. I think I may have grabbed the towel in Buffalo. I walked back to the back after missing weight by 1.2 pounds, it was 1.2. I tried to give it up guys, trust me, I tried to give it up. I had a pound to lose, they even went and called my wife to try to get me back in the tub.”

Watch Daniel Cormier’s speech below:

However, not everyone seemed pleased with Cormier’s honesty. Some MMA fans hopped on social media to provide their take on the incident.

Fans react to Daniel Cormier’s confession

Fans weren’t necessarily mad at Daniel Cormier after he confessed to his infamous towel trick. However, they pointed out that Charles Oliveira shouldn’t have been stripped of the lightweight belt if ‘DC’ got away with going over by 1.2 pounds.

A Twitter user who goes by the handle @THATSHITmcCRAY, pointed out that, in hindsight, it was unfair for Oliveira to lose the belt by half-a-pound. His sentiments were echoed by @BarryMacokner94 and @yodalorian9, who said the UFC should give ‘Do Bronx’ his title back.

A netizen, who goes by @Midnytegold, believes Cormier should not have confessed and took the secret to his grave. Twitter user @ricci_kitchen also thought it was strange for Cormier to admit to “blatant cheating” on the night of his induction, while @Nunzio_p1 was unhappy that ‘DC’ made light of the situation.

@ufc @dc_mma @ToyoTires I can appreciate his honesty but honestly, he should have NEVER admitted to that. Smh

@ufc @dc_mma @ToyoTires Strange that he decided being inducted into the Hall of Fame was the ideal time to admit to blatant cheating 🤔 Suppose because it’s D.C. and everyone likes him, it’s all a bit of fun and all good though 🤷🏼‍♂️

However, there are also a few who believe Cormier’s offense was water under the bridge. Twitter user @kevstuhh that there wasn’t anything the UFC could do now that ‘DC’ has long been retired. On the other hand, @NinerTribe004 thinks Cormier would have beaten Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson with or without the extra 1.2 pounds.

@ricci_kitchen @ufc @dc_mma @ToyoTires I’m saying if DC misses weight, nothing changes. He still easily beats rumble, and him and Jon Jones would fight next for the vacant title, and DC would lose.Maybe DC’s bank account is a 100k lighter, but that’s it. DC’s Net worth is 6 million… 100k wouldn’t hurt em to bad

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