Old eating habits die hard. Former UFC star Anthony Johnson (Pictured) has just missed weight for his Titan Fighting Championships debut against David Branch.
Johnson tipped the scale Thursday at 194.2 pounds, which is 8.2lbs over the limit for a non-title middleweight bout. Branch didn’t fare much better by clocking in at 189.2 pounds.
Oddly, Johnson still reportedly agreed to pay Branch $4,000 of his purse in order to keep Friday’s now 195-pound catchweight fight intact.
“Rumble” has now come in heavy on four of his 15 professional trips to the scale.
UFC president Dana White lambasted Johnson in January for missing weight in his UFC 142 shootout against Vitor Belfort. “The Phenom” came in on the money at 186 pounds, while Johnson weighed in at an astonishing 197lbs.
It was the third time in Johnson’s 11 journeys to the UFC’s scale where he missed the mark. The veteran weighed 177.5 pounds in his September 2007 contest against Rich Clementi and was 176 pounds for his October 2009 scrap with Yoshiyuki Yoshida. Both welterweight bouts were fought at catchweights based off Johnson’s respective weight.
White immediately fired the 28-year-old after getting submitted by Belfort.
“Titan Fighting 22” takes place inside Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. Johnson and Branch headline the festivities.
HDNet broadcasts the main card live beginning at 10PM ET/7PM PT.
Updated 5/24/12 at 6:47 PM PT:
There are reports that Johnson vs. Branch was originally signed as a 195-pound catchweight bout. This is not true according to Titan’s March press release where Johnson stated,”I’m ready to take on whatever 185-pounder they put in front of me,” and HDNet’s promo video published yesterday (ironically entitled “Will Anthony Johnson Make Weight at Titan 22″) discussing Johnson’s middleweight debut with the organization.