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A funny thing happened at the UFC 142 weigh-ins

Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson – making his first attempt to weigh-in at middleweight – stepped on the scales at a whopping 197 pounds. This may be the worst case of a fighter missing weight in a major fight ever, which is especially ironic considering Rumble was coming up from 170 pounds for this. So what was the excuse?

“It was medical reasons, it wasn’t for lack of effort,” Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management said. “The UFC was extremely supportive and said health comes first.”

Johnson is said to have been on target to make weight, but the sudden onset of sickness and instability prompted UFC doctors to examine him, administering fluids to the fighter in hopes to improve his condition. The addition of fluids to his system undid some weight that he had cut, making it much more difficult for the fighter to make weight on the official day.

So he got sick while cutting and needed to be rehydrated, huh? Doesn’t sound like much of an excuse to me. Or to the Dana:

“Complete and absolute unprofessionalism – that’s what happened,” said White to MMAJunkie. “There’s no other way it can be explained.”

“His job is on the line,” the incensed executive continued. “His job is absolutely on the line, win or lose.”

Which means you can pretty much throw out Johnson’s expected gameplan of climbing on Vitor and riding him for 15 minutes like he did with Dan Hardy. Who knows how high the bar is for Rumble to keep his job? Will a big exciting knockout save him? Or is it gonna take something up there with the Pettis matrix kick? I’d almost feel bad for the guy now, but he already used up all his whoopsies cards by missing weight twice before, once by 6.5 pounds and the other by 5 pounds. Three strikes and you’re out.

  • agentsmith

    Oh baby, you fat: Part III

  • mmaddict89

    he deserves to be cut win or lose, once i’ll buy the excuse, shit happens, twice, ur a lazy fucker
    i thought he realized he couldn’t make 170 and moved up to 185 to avoid missing the weight now
    now i think hes a lazy piece of shit and i hope he gets KTFO and we don’t hear about him anymore

  • Garp

    Condition of Johnson continuing to compete in the UFC… his ‘Rumble’ nickname must be replaced by his new nickname, ‘FattyFatFat’. And he has to compete at Heavyweight, and he has to CUT to make the 265 pound limit.
    Otherwise, even though this WAS the fight I was most looking forward to tonight, I think it shouldn’t happen, let Vitor take his show+win money, and banish Johnson to Strikeforce. Put him up against King Lawal.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    What pisses me off is his response to fans – saying he’s laughing at them and they’re idiots for criticizing his professionalism. That complete lack of responsibility burns the most. Last week Johnson weighed 218 fucking pounds so no wonder he got sick cutting – that’s what happens. Someone should have told him that he was moving up in weight to avoid shedding 40lbs on fight week. I’d say move up to LHW, but then the moron will just let himself bulk up to 245lbs before his matches and have the same problem.

    It’s ironic that he weighed in at 197 because I would assume that’s the number of hours he has has left as a UFC fighter. As for his game-plan, the guy will almost certainly take Vitor down and lay on him as I’m sure he thinks a boring, but decisive win will force them to keep him around.

    Fuck Anthony Johnson. I guess Dan Hardy’s father was right about him after all…

  • SkippyKid

    Totally agree with Adam.

    Rumble goes on his facebook page and is telling everyone to f-off.. and how they are haters and idiots..

    Huh? Rumble.. just say “i’m very sorry.. I messed up.. I will try for an awesome fight Saturday to make it up”.

    This combined with him beating some women up makes me think Johnson is a low life.

  • Joon4s

    Oh come the fuck on. If you want to see what a fatty looks like then find a mirror. This is not a fatty: http://cdn3.sbnation.com/imported_assets/948800/31_UFC142Weighins.jpg

  • theinsaneoneJustinMcCully

    What an oddity this guy is

  • greenseed

    and Joon4s enters the scene with the low blow

  • FiveBoltMain

    His ass is getting cut if he gets KTFO.

  • CAP

    He better fucking go for broke and deliver a good fight or good riddance. I like Garp’s idea of sending him to SF against Mo.

  • Symbul

    A medical mystery if you ask me. What could possible be set on by cutting massive amounts of water weight and be cured by rehydration? Poor Anthony Johnson, being brought low by random acts of fate.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Thank you Symbul.

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