Who’s laughing now, Rumble?

Fun fact: Vitor’s last submission win was Bobby Southworth in 2001.

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one: Anthony “Crumble” Johnson has been fired from the UFC after his three-punch combo of missing weight in epic fashion, laughing about it on Facebook, and then gassing and falling apart in the cage.  So sayeth the Baldfather:

“I knew what the decision was when I talked to you on Friday,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “This is his third time. Listen, the guy was having problems making 170 pounds. He wanted to stay at 170 or whatever his deal was. You go to 185, and you blow it as bad as he blew it? That’s bad, man.”

. . .

That said, White said he’s not forever ruling out the potential for Johnson to return to the promotion at some point.

“I don’t dislike the guy,” White. “I like him very much actually. When you talk to Anthony Johnson, he’s a good guy.”

“I don’t know who you blame in this one. Do you blame him? Do you blame his team? Do you blame his camp? I mean who takes the blame in this one? Ultimately, you’re a grown man. You’re responsible for your own actions.”

Yeah, it’s hard to say that he didn’t fuck up somehow, yet that’s exactly what his camp has done, claiming it was due to “medical reasons”.  I’m not a doctorologist and I’ve never cut weight before, but I think I know what it means when you’re nearing your target weight and start feeling sick, then suddenly feel all better when you rehydrate… it means your body was shutting down and you weren’t going to make it.  It’s not like you had a very short-lived disease or drank ” target=”_blank”>miracle spring water.

This was by far the worst Rumble (or possibly anyone) has ever missed weight, which obviously begs the question: WTF happened?  Considering how much he struggled to hit 170 lbs, I’d think he would’ve already been well-sized for 185.  And he looked lean enough in his training video, so it’s not like he got all fat.  Did he bulk up and overshoot middleweight entirely?  Even Rumble himself seems confused:

“A loss is a loss,” Johnson said. “My legs just got really tired. I didn’t get beat up in there, and he really didn’t hurt me with what he hit me with. I just got tired. I’ve got to figure this thing out.”

Well I guess he’ll have plenty of time in the land of Bellator to give it a good think.

As a quick aside, Belfort’s camp made Rumble weigh in again at 205 lbs the day of the fight, but Dana says “there are no plans” to institute day-of weigh-ins as a regular thing, even if only for information purposes.

  • iamphoenix

    He’s got so many excuses.

  • Letibleu

    Vitor Belfort weighed in at 205.6 pounds and Johnson was 211 the night of the fight.

  • Symbul

    He put on a bunch of muscle, or at least I remember him being much leaner previously.

    There are no excuses here. You sign the dotted line agreeing to make that weight, you don’t, and there’s no influence outside of his control affecting that as far as anyone knows, and that’s just not gonna work. See you later, Mr. Johnson.

    If this wasn’t the co-main featuring the biggest local draw (and a considerable draw in general besides) I’m not sure the fight even goes through.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    He may have been able to save his job if he admitted he had a bad cut, bulked up too much for a new weight class and apologized to everyone from Vitor to the fans for his weight issues.

    Instead he writes this:

    “I’m already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don’t I give a f**k cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I’m still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I’m still gonna do my thang.”

    and this (seperate occasion):

    “all u fuckin haterz can eat a mutha fuckin dick. Never doubt ME!!!

    Good riddance. Maybe now he’ll understand the idea of responsibility.

  • CAP

    Got what he deserved.

  • mmaddict89

    now he can compete at heavyweight or compete at the nathans hot dog eating contest

  • frickshun

    I’ve never done my “thang.” Can anyone elaborate?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    “all u fuckin haterz can eat a mutha fuckin dick. Never doubt ME!!!”

    No doubtin’ goin on here – I knew he was losing his job for that shitty preparation.

  • OlyReigns

    Silly…. Fight in the appropriate weight class. He looked gassed 10 seconds in. Makes no sense to me. No one should cut more than 10 pounds.

  • Symbul

    I’d pick him to win Bellator’s Heavyweight tournament though.

  • AJBuwalda

    When I saw the footage of Vitor muching on fucking icecubes to make his weight like the pro he is, I got really aggitated at Rumble for his lackluster attitude towards the whole process. Now he’s out of the UFC, maybe he’ll think about what he needs to do to fight at the top. Hopefully a lesson learned.

  • noiseless

    yeah that icecube shit was disturbing, cringe cringe

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    What pissed my off completely was in that same video blog, it shows Johnson at the weigh ins bouncing around and giving high fives not seeming as though he just fought through a life threatening illness. Then he weighs in at 197 and immediately says to White, “you know what happened, right? It’s not my fault, you know it’s the doctor’s fault, right?”. Small children take more responsibility for their actions than he does.

    I can’t wait to hear Johnson’s statement now that he’s cut. I bet he blames his coaches, the doctors and Dan Mirgliotta before he accepts any wrong-doing on his part.

  • Reverend Clint

    I hope he blame Jesus

  • agentsmith

    At the same time that Dana was bitching to the press about it, Rumble was saying that the UFC brass understood and everything was Kool & The Gang.  Apparently he was surprised when he found out they were pissed.  Dude’s just clueless.

  • CAP

    Clueless:

    “A loss is a loss. My legs just got really tired. I didn’t get beat up in there and he really didn’t hurt me with what he hit me with. I just got tired. I’ve got to figure this thing out.”

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I just got tired.

    Just?  Just?  You just ate too much and had more to cut.

    And I just sweat.  It has nothing to do with being a fatty.

  • CAP

  • iamphoenix

    Fuckin awesome cap

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