UFC fighter Anthony Johnson was last night cut from the UFC’s roster as punishment for yet again failing to make weight on Friday prior to his middleweight debut at UFC 142 against Vitor Belfort.
Dana White confirmed the news to MMAJunkie after the UFC 142 event in Rio last night.
“This is his third time,” White said. “Three strikes and you’re gone.”
Johnson had came in at 197lbs on Friday, 11lbs over the middleweight limit of 186lbs after the weight cut proved far more difficult than anticipated leading a UFC doctor to make the decision to rehydrate him hours before stepping on the scales.
By itself that could have been forgivable, but the fact that ‘Rumble’ had also come in overweight on two occasions during his long stint at welterweight, including being 6.5lbs over for his fight with Rich Clementi, has left White exasperated with the fighter.
“That was one of the most unprofessional things I’ve ever seen,” White said of Johnson’s latest failure to make weight. “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.”
According to stats provided by the UFC last night, by the time they stepped into the Octagon Johnson was weighing 211lbs, while Belfort was close to 206lbs.
His weight advantage didn’t help him out in the cage however, with Belfort managing to submit him by rear-naked choke late in the first round.
Despite everything that’s happened this isn’t neccessarily the last time we’ll see the 27 year-old in the Octagon, with White still leaving open the possibility that one day he may be allowed to return.
“I don’t dislike the guy. I like him very much actually. When you talk to Anthony Johnson, he’s a good guy.”
Johnson leaves the UFC with a 7-4 record, 10-4 for his career overall.
It’s unfortunate to see him go as he is a talented fighter who’s had a number of exciting finishes in the UFC, but in the end it’s hard to argue with the decision.
It’ll be interesting to see what comes next for him and despite his weight issues it’s certain that a number of other notable promotions will be vying for his signature in the coming weeks.