UFC NEWS – The “Rumble” Saga: Johnson Makes Fight Day Weight Of 204.2 Lbs. – Job On The Line Even With Victory For Unapologetic “Rumble”
The biggest news coming out of the “UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes” lead up came to us yesterday when it was announced Anthony “Rumble” Johnson had put tonight’s co-main event in jeopardy with missing weight.
He came in at 197 pounds for his middleweight (185lb) contest with Vitor Belfort.
To that his manager Glen Robinson offered up the following explanation:
[box_light]“They called in the local doctor, who made him drink a bunch of fluids to see if that made him feel better. About an hour later he started feeling better. By the time he started feeling better, it was an hour to weigh-ins. … There was no time to shed the weight.” – Glen Robinson via USA Today.[/box_light]
That excuse, although valid if true, still puts a huge amount of scrutiny on the debuting middleweight, because let’s be honest. It should have never come to that. A responsible athlete would not put himself in a position to have to cut so much weight that it became a health hazard.
For his part, an unapologetic Johnson took to his personal Facebook page with the following message.
[box_light]“I’m already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don’t I give a f**k cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I’m still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I’m still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can’t move then and see how you look at life after that”[/box_light]
UFC president Dana White took to mmajunkie.com with the following statement in response to dilemma.
[box_light]“His job is on the line. His job is absolutely on the line, win or lose. Complete and absolute unprofessionalism – that’s what happened. There’s no other way it can be explained.”[/box_light]
Vitor Belfort agreed to let this fight go on as long as Johnson came in under 205 pounds on fight day. That’s a special stipulation that is very rare in the sport of mixed martial arts. A Fight day weigh-in was the only way Vitor would agree to take on his oversized foe tonight.
Johnson hit the scales this afternoon and weighed in at 204.2 pounds so the fight is on and Vitor will face Johnson in tonight’s UFC 142 co-main event.
If Johnson loses, he is likely out of a job, or as Dana White proclaimed, even with a victory, he could find himself on the unemployment line. This is Johnson’s third weight offense.