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Johnson misses weight badly, everyone else on point at UFC 142 weigh-ins

The first UFC event of 2012 has arrived and with it comes a solid card set to take place in an electric environment thanks to the always lively Brazilian fans. Coming to you live on Saturday night from Rio de Janeiro it’s UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes where featherweight champion Jose Aldo will put his belt on the line against undefeated grappler Chad Mendes. Also set to co-headline the card, national hero Vitor Belfort welcomes powerhouse Anthony Johnson to the middleweight division.

Before any of the competitors can clash in the cage they first had to step on the stage in hopes of making weight for their respective rumbles. For the most part such was the case with the exception of Johnson who came in more than ten pounds heavy. As a result he will be fined 20% of his purse and must be under 205 pounds tomorrow afternoon before the bout with Belfort or it will be cancelled.

Check out the UFC 142 weigh-in video:

Read below for a full list of 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)

*Note: Anthony Johnson is not on weight and not even close to making it, according to Dana White. Vitor Belfort wants Johnson to come in at 205 lbs or less when he steps into the cage tomorrow or the fight might be off. So he will weigh in today and tomorrow before the fight. Johnson will be fined 20% of his purse.


  • Lord Faust says:

    Way to go AJ. Wasn’t he 215 at the conference call?

  • locoRover says:

    That’s enough. Just a straight up blatant show of disrespect by Rumble. Seriously, making weight is his job. And he is 12 over at a class above where he usually fights (missing weight). Grow up. I’ve managed to make weight my entire life wrestling, and I sure wasn’t getting paid for it. Learn to make wt, fight at 205, or get a new job rumble.

  • climbarock says:

    Rumble, you gotta be f’in kidding!!! 12 pounds over?!? You just moved up to middleweight! WTF???

  • Richard Stabone says:

    OK so apparently the fight goes on, and Johnson will lose a big chunk of his purse… but the part I wasn’t familiar was re: Rogan’s comment after Johnson stepped off the scale: “he must weigh no more than 205 tomorrow.”

    Is this a normal rule (that a guy can only weigh in right at the limit of the class immediately above him on fight day)? Does it only apply when a guy fails to make weight? Meaning, if a guy weighs in at the stated limit is he then free to pack on as much weight as he possibly can, but if he misses weight then he’s capped at the limit directly above him?

    This is all pretty absurd. The dude just fought at 170 in October. Craziness.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Question: has Johnson fought more fights w/o making weight than he has while making weight? I think it’s close to 1:1 now.

    I wouldn’t normally say this, but I am starting to wonder how scared AJ is fighting someone close to his size? His weight cuts are absurd, unhealthy and — worst of all — ineffective.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Anthony Johnson should not be allowed to fight.

  • Lord Faust says:

    Apparently, according to Dana this is the story:

    “[Dana White] said Johnson came within a pound-and-a-half of the 186-pound limit allowed for non-title middleweight fights but was forced by a doctor to rehydrate because ‘he couldn’t make it’.”

    So he wasn’t that far off, but considering he was cutting to 170, it’s still absurd and inexcusable.

  • MCM says:

    I find his “health issues” excuse a little hard to swallow considering that he made 170 most of his career. I do think he rehydrated before stepping on the scale, which should make his coming in below 205 pretty easy.
    My real question is, What is Vitor coming in at? Is he gonna get on the scale too? What if he enters the cage at 207lb, what does that say about him making Jones come in lighter?
    I’ve never heard of this, Well he’s heavy but if he comes in at such and such a weight we’ll still fight, thing. I wonder if this would be legal in the U.S. or is the UFC only doing it cause they want Vitor to fight in Brazil?

  • MickeyC says:

    Rumble better hope he wins, I could see him with out a job if he loses badly. Don’t think they won’t cut a contender, ask Nate marqurte and even Fitch for a short time. You piss off Dana you will be looking for work. I saw the interview with Dana and he is clearly mad about the situatution.

  • Kamakosmo says:

    “I find his “health issues” excuse a little hard to swallow considering that he made 170 most of his career”

    You mean 170-ish, right? :)


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