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Anthony Johnson Considering Move To Middleweight

Written by Tim Ngo
November 27th, 2009
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Current UFC welterweight and future middleweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson didn’t have trouble making weight this weekend at “UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2″ but that doesn’t mean he didn’t run into trouble cutting weight.

According to sources inside of Johnson’s camp, he walks around anywhere from 215-220lbs. when not in training. That means that he needs to cut roughly 44-49lbs. to make the welterweight limit.

The first major sign of Johnson struggling to make weight was at “UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun” when Johnson had to be helped to the weigh-ins and then barely made it to the stage.

And he still didn’t even make weight, missing it by a mile by weighing in at 176lbs.

Johnson’s trainer, Cung Le, tells ‘MMA Hour’ that Johnson had passed out the day prior to weigh-ins even though he made weight the next day.

We’re no experts when it comes to weight cutting, but having Johnson fight at 170lbs. probably isn’t the best thing for his health.

It seems more than likely that the UFC will insist that Johnson step up at LEAST a weight class to middleweight after his loss to Josh Koscheck.

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