The UFC 142 Rio fight between Vitor Belfort and Anthony Johnson got the green light on Saturday when Johnson made the newly agreed upon weight of 205 pounds.
Belfort was initially expected to welcome Johnson up from welterweight to the middleweight division, but that was before “Rumble” couldn’t made weight on Friday.
“It was medical reasons, it wasn’t for lack of effort,” Johnson’s manager, Glenn Robinson, told MMAWeekly.com on Friday. “The UFC was extremely supportive and said health comes first.”
Robinson said that Johnson had become sick and unstable while cutting the final few pounds on Friday. The doctor on hand gave Johnson fluids and his condition quickly improved, but his weight also increased to the point that there was no way that he could meet the 186-pound requirement. He weighed in Friday at 197 pounds.
After discussions with the UFC and Vitor Belfort, they reached an agreement that Belfort would still accept the fight as long as Johnson weighed no more the 205 pounds at 2 p.m. local time in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
Johnson met the requirement, weighing in at 204.2 pounds, according to UFC officials.
The fight will now remain on the UFC 142 Rio fight card as a light heavyweight bout as the co-main event to the featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes.