Johnson has had troubles beating the scale throughout his career originally a Welterweight Rumble even opted for a move to 185-pounds and still could not make the weight coming in way over for his fight with Vitor Belfort. After losing to Belfort Johnson was also cut from the UFC and in his first fight outside of the promotion again missed the Middleweight limit.
“I was trying to cut the weight the day before the fight, water was coming out and everything was working, then the day of the fight stuff just stopped working. My body just pretty much shut down again,”
Johnson believes all the cuts to 170-pounds have left lasting damage to his body and left him incapable of cutting significant amounts of weight.
“I think it’s from me cutting so much to 170 that my body’s like I can’t do this tremendous amount of weight cutting anymore. That’s why I just have to move up.”
After two unsuccessful tries at making the Middleweight limit Johnson has opted to move to Light-Heavyweight and looks to put his weight troubles behind him.
“I try not to let it bother me, I just try to think of the fight itself and then when something like this happens and my body just starts acting up I just wait till after to really think about what’s going on. I just tell myself to keep pushing and keep trying and if I don’t succeed then hopefully I get another chance, another day to try again,”
“I sat down with my coaches and we just decided that 205 would be best for me. That way I can perform even better and I don’t have much to worry about, if anything. We’re excited about it and I feel good about it already. I already feel like I have more energy, more strength, and I’m excited about it.”
Johnson admits he now looks forward to training a lot more as he is not burdened with large amounts of weight to shift.
“It makes a huge difference. I look forward to training now and doing everything and the fact that I can be pretty much where I want and be like hey I’ve only got 15 pounds to go. I’m two months away from a fight possibly, so it takes a lot of stress off my mind and I won’t be letting other people down and letting myself down. It makes me want to fight again,”
“Before I was like, this just isn’t working. Now I’m like, I can handle this.”
Johnson believes the move to Light-Heavyweight will benefit his career and he feels he has all the tools to make an impact at 205.
“It’s like it’s either now or never. Now’s the time and I’ve just got to run with it. Each camp I feel a little bit better, I keep improving, doing better things inside the gym, and outside of the gym. Everything is progressing more even though I’ve had my ups and downs,”
“I know I can fight at 205, that won’t be a problem. Cause I have the size, speed and the strength for it. I probably should have been fighting 205 a long time ago, but just being me thinking I can do it all, making dumb decisions, maturing, it’s going to work out.”
Now at Light-Heavyweight Rumble is ready to fight and is waiting for the call to find out who his next opponent will be.
“Hell, I’m here to fight,” said Johnson. “Put somebody in there and let’s do it.”
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