As noted earlier, Anthony Johnson missed weight by eleven 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 205 pounds.
Johnson managed to make the limit this morning, tipping the scales at 204.2 pounds. Despite making the limit, UFC President Dana White told MMAJunkie.com that Johnson’s job was on the line tonight.
“His job is on the line,” White said. “His job is absolutely on the line, win or lose.”
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.