When Anthony Johnson announced he was moving up to 185 pounds to face Vitor Belfort at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes the general consensus around the MMA community was that his decision would eliminate any issues surrounding his weight.
Johnson weighed in at 197 pounds this afternoon for his middleweight bout and will sacrifice 20% of his purse as a result. Also, according to UFC President Dana White, if Johnson is above 205 pounds tomorrow afternoon the event’s co-headlining clash with Belfort will be cancelled.
According to a report on Yahoo Sports, Johnson’s manager explained he grew ill in the hours before the weigh-in and had to be hydrated, thus causing his inability to make weight as expected.
The remaining athletes on the card all hit their necessary marks meaning the show will go on as planned.
Read below for a complete rundown of UFC 142 weigh-in results:
Antonio Carvalho (144 lbs) vs. Felipe Arantes (145 lbs)
Mike Pyle (171 lbs) vs. Ricardo Funch (170 lbs)
Yuri Alcantara (145 lbs) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (146 lbs)
Edinaldo Oliveira (229 lbs) def. Gabriel Gonzaga (250 lbs)
Sam Stout (155 lbs) vs. Thiago Tavares (155 lbs)
Terry Etim (155 lbs) vs. Edson Barboza (154 lbs)
Erick Silva (169 lbs) vs. Carlo Prater (170 lbs)
Rousimar Palhares (186 lbs) vs. Mike Massenzio (184 lbs)
Vitor Belfort (186 lbs) vs. Anthony Johnson (197 lbs)*
Jose Aldo (145 lbs) vs. Chad Mendes (144 lbs)
* – Johnson must weigh less than 205 pounds tomorrow or the bout will be cancelled. He has been fined 20% of his purse.
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MMATraining Take: In most cases I would take a guy at face value when it comes to grossly missing weight but it’s an issue Johnson has had throughout his career, doing so twice before as a welterweight. Even if he comes in under 205 and the match-up gets a greenlight I suspect “Rumble” will be released unless he looks absolutely fantastic against Belfort (and finds a way to show his bosses the situation was truly out of his control).