The UFC 142 weigh-ins took place this afternoon at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
After cutting to 170 pounds for years, it seems Anthony Johnson vastly underestimated his first cut to 185 pounds because he missed that mark by a mile at today’s weigh-ins, coming in 11 pounds over his 186 pound target. Johnson will forfeit his 20% of his purse to Belfort and perhaps more punishing, Johnson will have to weigh-in again tomorrow for the fight at no more than 205 lbs. per Belfort’s demand to continue with the fight. Johnson stated he was weighing 215 on a conference call last week, so in essence he won’t be able to fully rehydrate for the fight which could have devastating effects on his performance.
Not surprisingly, Dana White isn’t too happy with Johnson right now.
“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 pound so this wouldn’t happen, and here we are in the same position again.”
“Vitor was bummed out and he feels the same way I do,” said White. “Vitor Belfort has to cut this weight too and he’s older than “Rumble” Johnson is. He came in, like a professional, on weight, and Anthony Johnson comes in totally unprofessional and way overweight.”
All other fighters on the card made weight including main event participants Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.
- Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (144)
- Vitor Belfort (186) vs. Anthony Johnson (197)
- Mike Massenzio (184) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)
- Carlo Prater (170) vs. Erick Silva (169)
- Edson Barboza (154) vs. Terry Etim (155)
- Sam Stout (155) vs. Thiago Tavares (155)
- Gabriel Gonzaga (250) vs. Ednaldo Oliveira (229)
- Yuri Alcantara (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (146)
- Ricardo Funch (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)
- Felipe Arantes (145) vs. Antonio “Pato” Carvalho (144)
Fighters in non-title fights are allowed to weigh in one pound over the weight class limit.
UFC 142 “Aldo vs. Mendes” will take place tomorrow, Jan. 14, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and will air live on pay-per-view at 10pm ET/7pm PT. The preliminary bouts will air live on FX at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
Update: The official explanation for Johnson missing weight from his camp:
According to Johnson’s manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, who spoke to MMAWeekly.com 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’s comments on Facebook:
I’m already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don’t I give a f**k cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I’m still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I’m still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can’t move then and see how you look at life after that
And Dana White:
“His job is on the line,” White said. “His job is absolutely on the line, win or lose.”
“Complete and absolute unprofessionalism – that’s what happened,” White said. “There’s no other way it can be explained.”