Anthony Johnson missed the 185lb. target by twelve pounds yesterday for his UFC 142 middleweight debut against Vitor Belfort, tipping the scales at 197lbs. In addition to forfeiting twenty percent of his purse to Belfort, Johnson had to weigh in for a second time this morning at or under 205lbs.
Johnson managed to make the limit this morning, tipping the scales at 204.2 pounds.
Johnson has been know to miss weight in the past, but moving up from welterweight to middleweight was thought to be a remedy to that issue. Such was not the case this time around, with Johnson far missing the mark.
Johnson’s camp explained yesterday that the fighter failed to make weight as a result of undetermined medical issues and not for not trying. According to his team, Johnson was on target to make weight, but the sudden onset of sickness and instability prompted UFC doctors to examine him, administering fluids to the fighter in hopes to improve his condition. The addition of fluids to his system undid some weight that he had cut, making it much more difficult for the fighter to make weight on the official day.
UFC president Dana White announced Johnson’s failure to make weight shortly before yesterday’s weigh-ins on Fuel TV with Jon Anik, denouncing Rumble as unprofessional.
“As a fighter, you are a professional,” said White. “You are contracted to come in at a certain weight. This is not the first time this has happened with Johnson. He moved up to 185 pounds so this wouldn’t happen to him at 170 pounds, and here we are in the same position again. [Belfort] came in like a professional on weight, and Anthony Johnson comes in as a total unprofessional, way overweight.”
Johnson and Belfort meet tonight at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Don’t forget to check back here later this afternoon for our live, ongoing coverage of the event.