Makes the ufc look bad for sure. At least they made it the same for both fighters, but still, a tweak like that right before the fight, even if done with good intentions, they have to know that smacks of favoritism.
How? By ensuring by fighters are treated the same and by doing so not protecting their golden boy's title? If they had let it become non-title it would have saved them a lot of potential headaches. People who are saying that this is shady or a sign of corruption need to take a step back and think things through.
That is not dead which can eternal lie and withs strange aeons even death may die.