It looks like “middleweight” Anthony Johnson will indeed fight at least one more time inside the Octagon after putting his job in jeopardy on Friday by coming in heavy (yet again) for a bout. Johnson had missed his mark multiple times while competing as a 170 pounder and it was expected his move to 185 would eliminate the issue moving forward.
This time around the Johnson’s problem with the scale involved him exceeding a contracted limit by eleven pounds for what is easily the biggest fight of his career, a co-headlining collision with Vitor Belfort tonight at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes. As a result he was forced to pay Belfort 20% of his purse and come in under 205 pounds today, which, according to the UFC, Johnson has done (204.2 lbs) meaning his clash with Belfort will not be cancelled as it would have been otherwise.
Johnson’s management came forward to explain “Rumble” had to be re-hydrated by the UFC’s medical staff after he fell ill while cutting weight. However, UFC President Dana White saw things a bit differently, stating the situation stemmed from an absence of professionalism and that Johnson’s job was on the line because of it.
UFC 142 starts at 7:00 PM EST on Facebook before heading to FX and eventually PPV when the main card begins at 10:00 PM EST. The lineup is headlined by featherweight phenom Jose Aldo putting his belt on the line against unbeaten grappler Chad Mendes.
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC