The sport may be acted out in an Octagon rather than a baseball diamond but in the case of Anthony Johnson’s weight-cutting issues in the UFC its still “three strikes and you’re out”. While it was strongly believed Johnson would be released from his contract if he lost to Belfort, possibly even if he won, UFC President Dana White confirmed the move had been made at the post-event press conference for UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes where Johnson was submitted in the opening round of his co-headlining collision with Vitor Belfort.
“This is the worst weight-cutting disaster he’s ever had,” explained White. “The question everybody wants to know is, ‘Is he gone?’ Yes, he is. Three strikes and you’re out.”
Johnson notoriously came in eleven pounds over the limit for what was to be his 185-pound debut, claiming a medical issue had forced doctors to rehydrate a few hours before stepping on the scale. Had it been the first time “Rumble” missed weight he likely would have received little more than a slap on the wrist but given his history of coming in heavy, not to mention the bout’s importance to the card, the UFC was left with few options outside of cutting him from the roster.
The 27-year old Johnson holds an overall record of 10-4 with seven TKOs and could certainly be a force to reckon with once he gets his weight in check. Among his past wins are those over notable adversaries such as Luigi Fioravanti, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Charlie Brenneman, and Dan Hardy. Possible promotions he could land in now that he’s a free agent include BAMMA or Bellator.
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