In perhaps the most ludicrious weigh-in failure of all time, Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson today weighed in at 197lbs, 11lbs over the 186lb limit for his middleweight debut.
The irony is that Johnson had made the decision to move up to middleweight to avoid repeated problems making the 171lb limit at welterweight during his time in the UFC.
After the weigh-ins White explained what would happen next.
‘Rumble’ is not on-weight, and when I say he’s off-weight, he’s way off-weight,” White stated. “The way this normally works is, Vitor Belfort can come in on-weight, Vitor is at-weight, and he would get 20 percent of Johnson’s purse.”
However due to the excessive weight difference between the two men, with Belfort weighing in at 186lbs, it has been agreed that there should be an extra penalty for Johnson.
“The stipulation is, Vitor does not want him to weigh more than 205 pounds tomorrow by like 2 o’clock in the afternoon. So we’re going to have to see how this thing plays out.”
Naturally White was angered by Johnson’s complete failure to make weight and put him on blast for his unprofessionalism.
“As a fighter, you are a professional,” White said. “You are contracted to come in at a certain weight. This is not the first time that this has happened with Johnson. He moved up to 185 pounds so this wouldn’t happen to him at 170 pounds, and here we are in the same position again.”
According to White, Belfort was also disappointed by the the way things have panned out.
“Vitor was bummed out. Vitor feels the same way that I feel. Vitor Belfort has to cut this weight, too. Vitor is older than ‘Rumble’ Johnson is, he came in like a professional on-weight and Anthony Johnson comes in as a total unprofessional way overweight.”
It’ll be interesting to see what comes of this after the fight. This latest incident has confirmed that Johnson is a complete liability when it comes to making weight and despite his previous failures hasn’t taken all the neccessary steps to ensure it didn’t happen again.
In my mind there’s no question he should be punished heavily for this latest debacle over and above what’s already been mentioned, and you have to wonder whether the UFC are now contemplating his future in the company.