Anthony Johnson Misses Weight by 11lbs for UFC 142 Bout with Vitor Belfort

January 13, 2012
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Anthony Johnson at the TUF 8 Finale
Anthony Johnson’s long nightmare of weight cutting continued at UFC 142 despite moving up to middleweight, and he will miss the mark for his fight with Vitor Belfort.

UFC president Dana White broke the news during the UFC 142 weigh-ins on Fuel TV.

“Anthony Johnson is not on weight today, and when I say he’s not on weight, he’s way off weight,” White announced. “We went back, we sat with Vitor Belfort, called him. The way that this normally works is Vitor can come in on weight, Vitor is on weight and he would get 20 percent of Johnson’s purse.

“The stipulation is Vitor does not want him to weigh more than 205 pounds by tomorrow at like two o’clock in the afternoon. So we’re going to have to see how this thing plays out.”

Because of Johnson’s weight being so extremely over the mark, Belfort requested that for the fight to still happen, his opponent has to weigh in a second time on Saturday. The UFC will stand by Belfort’s request, so if Johnson can’t make the 205-pound limit tomorrow, there will be no co-main event.

“Yes, he’ll weigh in today and he’ll have to weigh in again tomorrow,” White stated.

Visibly upset, White was not at all happy speaking about Anthony Johnson on Friday in Brazil. Johnson has missed weight on several occasions in the past when he was cutting down to welterweight.

Moving up to 185 pounds was supposed to solve that issue, but Johnson still came in heavy at 197 pounds, an incredible 11 pounds over the 186-pound weight limit for a middleweight fight.

“As a fighter, you are a professional, you are contracted to come in at a certain weight. This is not the first time that 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 this same position again,” White said.

“Vitor is bummed out. Vitor feels the same way I do. Vitor Belfort has to cut this weight, too. Vitor is older than Rumble Johnson is. He came in like a professional, on weight, and Anthony Johnson comes in as a total unprofessional, way over weight.”

Assuming the fight moves forward, Johnson will pay 20 percent of his purse to Belfort.

White didn’t comment about Johnson’s future with the UFC, but it would be hard to imagine his status with the promotion is in strong standing after this latest weight cutting incident. It may be a win or go home situation for Johnson to hope for another shot in the UFC Octagon.

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  • What a disrespectful, classless loser. Missing weight by 11# Dana should cut has a$$.

    • therealmo

      I would. Thats disrespectful to vitor. Its smart of vitor to refuse a fight w/ him if he surpasses 205 lbs that wouldnt be fair at all.

  • fitefan

    HAH!, so much for all that talk. How in the hell did he miss weight by that much!
    What a raging dumass. 11 pounds! after going up 15lbs to a new weight class. He better go ‘Bruce Lee’ that off.
    He’ll be luck if Dana doesn’t fire him.

    • I’ll tell you how he missed it. He was eating cheese burgers with that other tubby Rashad Evans.

      Yes UFC should cut him and send him the way with his twin, the unprofessional Daly. Let them go fight in the minor leagues: Strike Force.

  • fitefan

    Dana should make the guy fight some guys in the 205 division. See how he likes that. Like maybe Rashad!

  • Prodigy815

    Damn how do you move up a weight class and miss weight? He did look very chubby on the countdown.

  • Jmoney

    i cant stand it when a fighter dont make weight… this is what you get paid to do… wtf?

    i would at least hope he has some sort of ankle injury that is keeping him from losing the extra weight … cause to show up at a weigh in over weight is just plain disrespectful to the sport of mma

  • AmericanSpetsnaz

    This does not only make Johnson look very unprofessional, especially after moving up a weight class. It is also disrespectful to Belfort. It was a smart move by Belfort to request that he weighs no more than 205 prior to the fight. Vitor will surely win this fight unless we see a KO from Johnson within the first couple minutes while he still has the stamina. This made me lose a lot of respect for Anthony and I am sure that he will get cut if he loses this fight.

  • judo johnson

    Johnson is gona be a wreck after having to do a crazy cut, he will be weak at fight time. Vitor is gona come at him with them fast hands. johnson will be knocked out in the first minute of the first round!!!!! or not WAR VITOR

  • its one thing to be a little bit off weight when making a difficult weight cut, but to go up 15 pounds and still be 11 over is just disrespectful

  • Mma fanatic

    My jaw dropped when I saw this story!! I can’t believe he came 11 lbs over!! What’s that say about his training camp?? If I was Belfort I would be so confident now ! Rumble is going to sleep!! Belfort is already laid up eating and drinking whatever he wants, why Rumble is cutting less than 24hrs from fight time!! Come fight time Rumble is gonna want to go to sleep on his own , let alone with Vitor Belfort swinging blows at him !

    • No, no no people. You are wrong about Johnson having to cut more weight. Didn’t you read, he can be up to 205lbs and be ok to fight! That’s what Vitor said he’d be ok with. He’s not going to try and come down in weight. They already agreed upon it that Vitor would take 20% of his purse and allow him to be no more than 205lbs.

  • rsnowbass

    I wonder if Rashad has anymore to say about him…

  • MichelleBird69

    Y don’t u dumbasses read alittle more n2 the story and find out what really hpn w Aj missing weight? Really quick 2 judge weren’t u? Feel better baby. U got this 1 knock him out.

    • Mario

      LOL 🙂

  • rsnowbass

    Speak english…

  • Mario

    Doesn’t matter

    Vitor is finishing Johnson in the first round. I don’t think he cares about the weight issue. If Rumble wins via TKO/KO – that place is going to go nuts!

    I would be pretty amazed myself.