It all started yesterday when Johnson grossly missed weight by 11 pounds. He and his camp blamed it on a “medical issue” but that wasn’t enough of an explanation to keep him off Dana White’s sh*t list in the hours leading up to his fight with Vitor Belfort this evening. Dana stated before the fight that Johnson’s job was “on the line, win or lose,” basically implying that Johnson needed to perform spectacularly tonight to keep his job. Well, he didn’t and it sounds like Dana is going to keep his word.
“To be honest, we’re probably going to cut him after this event,” UFC president Dana White said. “Three strikes and you’re out. This is his third time that he hasn’t made weight. He’s the co-main event in a huge fight down here in Brazil. This one was a bad one.”
“Rumble Johnson did the damage to himself,” White said. “To be that unprofessional, and not come in on weight and be that far off when you used to fight at 170. Now you went to 185 pounds so you wouldn’t have trouble making weight and this is your worst weight cut ever? That’s a detriment to himself.”
Considering this is his third time missing weight, I don’t see any problems with cutting him, but if they don’t, they at least should force him to fight at light heavyweight and be done with this weight fiasco. Nearly every other fighter on the UFC roster makes weight on a very consistent basis. There’s no reason Johnson shouldn’t be able to too.
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Update: MMA Junkie is reporting that Johnson has in fact been cut from the UFC. Dana White offered the following comments.
“That was one of the most unprofessional things I’ve ever seen,” White said. “The guy was at 170 pounds. He moved up to 185 pounds so this wouldn’t happen anymore, and this is the worst weightcutting disaster he’s ever had. He almost ruined the co-main event here in Brazil. I don’t know what else to say about that one. I’m not happy about it.”
“I knew what the decision was when I talked to you on Friday,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “This is his third time. Listen, the guy was having problems making 170 pounds. He wanted to stay at 170 or whatever his deal was. You go to 185, and you blow it as bad as he blew it? That’s bad, man.”
“I don’t know who you blame in this one. Do you blame him? Do you blame his team? Do you blame his camp? I mean who takes the blame in this one? Ultimately, you’re a grown man. You’re responsible for your own actions.”
“Unprofessional”… that’s never a word you want your boss to use to describe you.
Nevertheless, what do you think? Should Johnson have been cut?