UFC 142 Rio: Aldo vs. Mendes Weigh-in Results; Johnson Misses the Mark Again

January 13, 2012
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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is preparing to put his title on the line for the third time in the Octagon. He faces a tough challenger in Chad Mendes, but while Mendes will try to steal the belt away, Aldo is looking to get back to his knockout form from his days as the WEC champion.

Aldo, Mendes, middleweight turned light heavyweight co-main eventers Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson, and the rest of the UFC 142 Rio cast stepped on the scale Friday evening local time in Rio de Janeiro to make the fights official.

Neither Jose Aldo nor Chad Mendes had trouble making weight. Aldo tipped the scale at 145 pounds, while Mendes came in one pound under.

There’s a lot of pressure on Aldo to come through on his home turf, but he is prepared, saying, “This is my home country and I’m going to do my best for everyone here.”

Mendes sees the fight as an opportunity to prove the naysayers that don’t believe he can upset the champ.

“This a great opportunity for me to come in here and show the world who I am,” said Mendes. “I have the opportunity to face a great champion like Jose Aldo and show the world who I am.”

Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson were supposed to fight at middleweight. Despite moving up from welterweight for the fight, Johnson still missed the mark, being 11 pounds too heavy. He and Belfort negotiated a fight at light heavyweight prior to the weigh-in, Johnson giving up 20 percent of his purse. The deal breaker, however, is that Johnson must weigh less than 205 pounds at 2 p.m. local time in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.

UFC president Dana White blasted Johnson, calling him “totally unprofessional.”

Johnson, booed heavily at the weigh-in, consistently had trouble making weight in the past as a welterweight, so this latest gaffe doesn’t bode well for his UFC career.

Johnson weighed in at 197 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in; Belfort clocked in at the 186-pound limit.

The reminder of the card had no trouble making weight.

Main Card (on Pay-Per-View):
-Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (144)
-Vitor Belfort (186) vs. Anthony Johnson (197)
-Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Mike Massenzio (184)
-Erick Silva (169) vs. Carlo Prater (170)
-Edson Barboza, Jr. (154) vs. Terry Etim (155)

Preliminary Bouts (on FX):
-Thiago Tavares (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
-Gabriel Gonzaga (250) vs. Edinaldo Oliveira (229)
-Yuri Alcantara (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (146)
-Ricardo Funch (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)

Preliminary Bout (on Facebook):
-Felipe Arantes (144) vs. Antonio Carvalho (145)

  • AmericanSpetsnaz

    I guess the big miss in weight by Johnson was the breaking news Dana had tweeted about earlier?

  • What time are they going to weigh him tomorrow? I saw in another article that Dana said he would be weighed at 2pm but I thought Joe said he has to be no more than 205 at fight time. The fight isn’t until 2:30am (local time).

    Anyone know where he started his cut from?

    • AmericanSpetsnaz

      Johnson stated about a week and a half ago that he was at 215 but should have no problem making 185 by weigh ins….

    • Dana said 2 pm

      • Well that gives him 12 hours to fully hydrate (IV’s), eat and relax / recover I guess. Better than having to step into the cage at 205lbs.

        I still think AJ wins this fight.

  • If he started from 215lbs he should be fine. Certainly is an interesting turn of events. He’ll be fighting for his job tomorrow night.

    Wonder how far down he got before he stopped. When he stepped on the scale and weighed in at 197lbs he had already stared re-hydrating.

  • Any word from his camp as to what the problem was? Is he sick?

  • fitefan

    It doesn’t reflect well on his camp either. The Blackzillians. Bringing a guy so for over weight. Who instead of weighing in as light as he could, started rehydrating, while Vitor held his weight down.
    At this stage, the ultimate stage for MMA. No excuse. Bad ankle? turn him upside down and make him pedal the bike with his hands for all I care.

    • MikeMc1983

      They probably would have flipped the bike over, but they probably thought you did care. Had they known you didn’t, who knows? It could all be different…

      • fitefan

        I have always liked a little sarcasm with my breakfast in the morning.