Anthony Johnson axed after losing to Vitor Belfort at UFC 142

The newest free agent in MMA is none other than pseudo-middleweight Anthony Johnson who, as expected, was released from his UFC contract after not only failing to make weight for a co-headlining match-up with Vitor Belfort but also losing the bout by way of first round submission. Johnson missed his mark by eleven pounds on Friday, drawing harsh criticism from fans, media, and of course his employers.

UFC President Dana White confirmed Johnson’s status at the post-event presser.

Johnson’s camp claimed “Rumble” had experienced a medical issue during the weight-cutting process though the situation in fact stemmed from the amount of pounds he was attempting to shed. The result was him being fined 20% of his purse at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes in addition to having to remain under 205 pounds until Saturday afternoon (which he did).

The 10-4 Johnson has racked up impressive wins in his career over the likes of Charlie Brenneman and Dan Hardy but had a continuous issue with weight and often suffered in the ring because of it.

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MMATraining Take: Johnson deserved to be released so I have no issue with the UFC’s decision to do so. Making weight is one of the basic expectations of being a professional fighter and if you can’t do that you don’t deserve to be part of the UFC roster. Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call for him to either slim down to safely make 185 or accept the fact he’s a 205-pounder. He’s also at risk of some long-term health problems if he’s not careful so there’s that as well.

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