Every time a fighter misses weight, there’s the inevitable cry from some of “FAKE!”, like we’ve caught a higher weight class fighter trying to sneak their way into a lower weight class. I don’t mind it so much when the shoe fits like with repeat offenders Gina at 140 and Thiago Alves at 170 (who was caught using illegal diuretics to shit off the pounds in the past). I’m just not convinced Johnson is in the same boat considering he’s never missed weight before, but hey… where’s the fun in making accurate, sensible arguments about a person’s weight class? It’s much more fun to say shit like “Time for Johnson to stop pretending and move to middleweight” or “Mirko would have to cut a leg off to make 205.”
That’s not to say Johnson doesn’t deserve heat for missing weight. The best thing to do when you miss weight is to blame yourself, beg for forgiveness, and promise it will never happen again. Johnson has kinda done that in this interview with Heavy, but I give his ‘begging for forgiveness’ a D- and it certainly doesn’t sound like he really blames himself:
Well, I was working with this trainer, a friend of my agent. He wanted me to try barely eating anything but getting a lot of fluids in me. So we did that, and I was 192 on Monday and I should have been less than 185 on Wednesday and I wouldn’t need to make the hard cut on Friday. The trainer told me, “drink a lot of water and don’t eat too much”. So I did that, and then on Thursday I did a three hour workout and dropped from 198 to 183. I was 192 and I drank all of this water that he wanted me to drink and got back up to 198. Doing his thing, it was cool but I think the process got started too late. If I’d done things the way I always did, I would have been fine, but trying this new method, this new way of doing things, really jacked my body up.
After this, though, I told my coaches, my agent, everybody that hangs out with me or that will ever be in my corner that we all have to sit down and get everything situated. Because I can’t be losing weight like that. And the type of training I did for this fight, certain things weren’t right, some things were. But we have to get everything in order, you know? I can’t have that, especially when we are trying to make a run for the title. I want everything organized and complete.
So my coaches, they agreed with me. We’re all going to sit down Monday. I’m not wasting any time. Monday, dude, right after this fight, I’m meeting with everybody, even my agent. I’m laying all the cards on the table, and if you don’t like it, that’s okay, but you can go your own way and I’ll go mine. No hard feelings.
Looks like this whole weight cutting snafu has gotten to Johnson to the point where he’s breaking the cardinal rule of pre-fight discussion and talking shit about his training. Typically you couldn’t waterboard a fighter into saying anything other than their camp was the most awesomest camp in the world and they’re more ready than ever. I wonder if this could end up being a factor in the Yoshida fight tonight? A bigger factor than the extra weight he’s bringing with him into the cage, even??? Eh, probably not.