Despite coming in six pounds overweight for his UFC 104 bout with Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Anthony Johnson is planning to remain at welterweight. Johnson apologized for coming in overweight after the fight, stating that we wasn’t able to make weight due to a knee injury.
“I had a knee injury getting ready for Matt Brown. I got heavy. I wasn’t fat, but I was 220 [pounds],” Johnson explained. “I did all I could to lose it. I think if I maybe had an extra hour or two I would have been able to lose the extra five pounds — it was coming off. It’s just my fault. I should have started preparing faster and I shouldn’t have let myself get that heavy.”
Johnson scored an impressive first round knockout over Yoshida, knocking the Japanese welterweight out in just forty-one seconds of the first round. The knockout would have earned him the $60,000 knockout of the night bonus, but coming in overweight cost him, to the tune of $10,000 per pound.
“He [Johnson] should have won it,” UFC President Dana White noted during the UFC 104 post-fight press conference. “But because he didn’t make weight, he wasn’t eligible for it. But he would have won.”
Despite the costly error, Johnson maintains that he plans on staying at 170 lbs.
“My weight is fine,” Johnson said during the UFC 104 post-fight press conference. “[The knee injury] really held me back a bit from doing what I needed to do [to cut weight], and I got out of shape. But that’s nobody’s fault but my own.”
The one fighter who benefited from Johnson’s inability to make weight was heavyweight Pat Barry, who ended up earning the $60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus, in addition to his $60,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.