Medical Reasons Prevent Anthony Johnson From Making Weight

January 13, 2012
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Needless to say, Friday was a tough day for UFC middleweight Anthony Johnson.

On the eve of his debut fight at 185 pounds against Vitor Belfort in the co-main event of UFC 142 Rio in Brazil, Johnson woke up on Friday morning feeling good and ready to go for his bout on Saturday.

Johnson has fought most of his career at 170 pounds, but had struggled in the past to make the welterweight division limit, so most believed a shift to 185 pounds would be the perfect move.

It all backfired for Johnson on Friday as he cut weight for the fight.

According to Johnson’s manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, who spoke to on Friday, “Rumble” woke up on Friday morning weighing 191.5 pounds, only 5.5 pounds shy of the 186-pound weight limit for middleweight.

With three hours to go until weigh-ins, Johnson was only a pound and a half away from making weight when his body started feeling off.

Robinson says that Johnson started feeling sick and unstable, and so a local doctor came in to check him out to see what exactly was going on.

The doctor gave Johnson fluids to see if it would improve his condition, and within a couple of hours, the Blackzilian fighter started to come back to life. Unfortunately, at this point it was too late to cut the weight back down to 186 pounds.

“It was medical reasons, it wasn’t for lack of effort,” Robinson said. “The UFC was extremely supportive and said health comes first.”

Johnson was extremely apologetic to both the UFC and to opponent Vitor Belfort prior to the weigh-ins, but after getting sick just hours before and the doctors giving him fluids to rehydrate, there just wasn’t much else left to do.

Robinson did say, however, that there will be no risk of the fight not happening at UFC 142 on Saturday. He states that Johnson will make weight for the second weigh-in on Saturday at 205 pounds, and he expects fireworks when Johnson and Belfort finally meet.

“AJ will be at 205. It will be a great fight (Saturday) in Brazil and the fans will get to see a tremendous, tremendous battle between two amazing athletes,” Robinson said.

Johnson faces Belfort in the co-main event on the card that kicks off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on pay-per-view.

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  • I figured he had already begun re-hydrating when he stepped on the scale.

  • Mma fanatic

    Ya he threw in the towel on making weight! Lol! 5.5 lbs in a 1 day cut, shut his body down , people lose that naturally in a day of training! Not looking good for his MW debut!

    • 5.5 lbs isn’t a big deal…… unless you’ve been dieting down / cutting weight all week and had already shed close to 30 lbs.

      I think he’s still going to destroy Vitor tomorrow night.

      • Why in the world is he waiting just a week (if that) to cut 30 lbs? He shouldn’t even be that heavy if he was training right. If so, he’d be peaking performance and weight right on time like most professionals due.

    • Jay32

      That kind of statement doesn’t strike me as a ” MMA FANATIC ” but someone who is clueless about MMA, Physical Fitness, and the Fighters. Johnson started cutting mid last week from 215lbs, and 6lbs is a whole lot to lose in a few hours after cutting 24lbs.

      Who loses 6lbs naturally in training? Average people sure as hell don’t lose that kind of weight, and professional athletes who unless are trying to do that, generally don’t drop any weight in training at all. In order to train properly and not strain muscles, you have to feed your body constantly throughout and replace what is lost. Hes not training ****, hes cutting weight. No fighter starves their body in a day of training. Would be extremely and medically unwise to do so, and infact I doubt any fighter could train an entire day without replacing the fuels in their body.

      • fsunoles09

        yep ive been an athlete my whole life bro and i can tell u u aint gonna drop 6 pounds in a session, ive ran buc miles in football pads all summer not counting all the other football condintioning and all that we were doin and not counting i played summer baseball at the time aswell and i never dropped more then 2 pounds and i gained that back that day

  • Pic of AJ at the weigh-in’s today 🙂

    • Hilarious!!! Didn’t expect that at all!!!

    • tsszaltax

      Funniest thing Ive ever seen on MMAWEEKLY….LOL

  • Mma fanatic

    Only disagree w your prediction !:) I’m rollin with Vitor in this fight!

  • Was there any proof provided showing he was at that weight? Any proof of a doctor rehydrating him?

  • b-soc

    Doesn’t matter if he beats Vitor. IMO, anytime a fighter wins without making weight, the victory is tainted. With Johnson, this is always happening. This time its medical reasons. Pardon me for being a bit skeptical.

  • Ok…what a joke and a lie to “try” and cover up an unprofessional and unprepared fighter such as Anthony Johnson.

    “With three hours to go until weigh-ins, Johnson was only a pound and a half away from making weight when his body started feeling off.”

    So you mean to tell me he was 186.5 or 187.5 lbs. The doctor gave him an IV and he magically gained 10 lbs to go up to 196 lbs? I find that hard to believe. That would be like 9 or 10 IV fluid bags. What a loser. I WAS rooting for him to beat that stupid Brazilian but now, just for him being an idiot and not taking his UFC fight seriously I’m rooting for Vitor.

    • fsunoles09

      dehydrating aint no joke bro they will just pop up on u bro u think ur aite next thing u know ur body is lockin up ur shakin ur really cold all kinda stuff so i can believe it i hate the hospital but how it crept up i had to go cuz i literally couldnt move my hands or my legs and i could barly move my arms so i feel for bro i understand how alot off them dudes cuttin that mch weight feel that night and the next day even though u feel alot better u still feel like absolute shi t so im goin vitor on this 1 u dont really get a normal feeling back for about 2 or 3 days but hey he a pro so i may be wrong

  • GiovanniB

    LOL What a loser AJ is!!! He should fight at light heavy which is his natural weight class. Just look at the guy in his interviews of late…HIS FACE LOOKS DAMN FAT!!! Health reasons my ass!

  • KBEsq

    Geeze cut the guy some slack. He has consistently been able to make 170 (yes, I know he missed weight at 170), but the fact that he can make 170 supports his argument that he wasn’t having a problem with 185 but for the medical issue.

    I agree that over 10 pounds sounds a bit suspicious, but I would imagine he had a doctor’s note (yes, i know how you are all skeptical about doctor’s notes), but I think you guys should at least allow him this one time.

    What if it WAS a medical issue and he had no control D. White looked understanding, which I doubt he would do unless he believed it.

  • somecokehead

    I think when Vitor knocks him out… AJ will start having d-t’s. Then Dana will fire him once the doctors revive him again. How can Vitor coach if he gets knocked out? nobody will listen to him… so he has to win. expect a disgusting knock out.
    They should get Chainsaw in there. can’t believe he lost to bisping! I was hoping for that submisson bad. disappointing!

  • MikeMc1983

    No one will listen to Vitor on the show if he gets knocked out? Hmmm, your name on here must be a literal description.

    • Obarmarama

      Somecockhead, the show would use vitor’s loss to add a bit more drama at best. Every fighter can get ko’d, and that is the learning curve of the fight game. You seen how many times Wandy’s been ko’d? I’m not sure when filming starts for the show, but the only problem I can see is if he gets injured or ko’d and the filming takes place whilst he is medically suspended, but i’ve not really seen any of the coaches have contact sparring with their team. I did think it was a bad ide to put Vitor for this fight and then to go on to coach, but that’s what fighters do anyway.

  • adam1848

    This whole medical excuse is absurd…any fighter who has cut down as low as they can go and can’t cut any more could get a Dr. to say it was medically necessary. And what is the UFC gonna say? “too bad, do it anyway!” Of course not. The point is he didn’t train properly. The point is he shouldn’t be 215 for a 185lb fight. The point is he does this over and over again. Dude is unprofessional and disrespectful. He can apologize all he wants, but actions speak louder than words. Hope Vitor puts him to bed early.

  • bigdog333187

    This is ridiculous. And “cut the guy some slack”? Really? your reason that this might be justified is that he used to cut down to welterweight? He had a hard time making welterweight and now can’t make middleweight. Conclusion: the guy has no dedication and self control. Next you’ll see him at lightheavy and weigh in at 212. I hope he’s knocked unconscious. This is unfair to Vitor, who took the proper steps and commitment to make weight. Who, I miight add, used to be at lightheavy and cut down to middlewight with no problem in the past. the complete opposite of what Crumble is doing

  • shakejunt

    im so mad that the fight is still happening

    cry me a river, just watch the fight

  • on dana’s video blog of the weigh-ins, rumble clearly states to dana that it’s his leg that is the reason for the missed weight. 7min 30some secs into his “ufc142 vlog day 2” video.

    • RoosterSauce

      Exactly. That leg weighs well over 12 pounds.

      Doctors wouldn’t let him amputate prior to weigh-ins.