Anthony Johnson (Pictured) certainly took the scenic route, but on Saturday afternoon it was finally confirmed the controversial wrestler will in fact co-headline UFC 142 opposite Vitor Belfort.
“Anthony Johnson weighed in today at 204.2 pounds – tonight’s fight with Vitor Belfort is ON,” the UFC tweeted just moments ago.
For the third time in Johnson’s 11 trips to the UFC’s scales, he failed to hit his required mark. On Friday, he missed weight by an astronomical 11 pounds. Belfort, on the other hand, checked in right on the money at 186lbs., which is the maximum weight allowed for a non-title middleweight bout.
Belfort agreed to keep the fight as long as Johnson didn’t weigh-in over 205 pounds this afternoon. “The Phenom” will also bank 20 percent of Johnson’s “show” purse because of his opponent’s weight issues.
UFC president Dana White was absolutely disgusted with Johnson’s “unprofessional” behavior. He later told MMAJunkie that “Rumble’s” job was in jeopardy tonight – win, lose or draw.
Yesterday afternoon, Johnson’s manager, Glenn Robinson, revealed his client was within 1.5 pounds of making weight three hours prior to weigh-ins. However, he became ill during the weight cutting process and was urged by the local doctor to ingest fluids and rehydrate.
By the time Johnson bounced back to normal, it was too close to the weigh-ins to resume his weight cut.
When Johnson hit the stage to weigh-in, he was all smiles as if nothing was wrong, much to the dismay of many hardcore MMA enthusiasts. He was apparently still in a jovial mooed when he later posted the following message on his Facebook page:
“I’m already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don’t I give a [expletive] cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I’m still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I’m still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can’t move then and see how you look at life after that”
Tonight’s pay-per-view broadcast takes place inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil.