The former welterweight, who twice missed making the 171lb weight limit, bumped up to middleweight to hopefully cure some of those ills. On Friday, Johnson’s body crashed as he tried to cut the weight to make it down to 186lbs, and by weigh in time he had ballooned up to 197lbs.
UFC President Dana White was none too happy about the situation, and on Saturday night in Rio his opponent Vitor Belfort got 20-percent of Johnson’s fight purse, and submitted him to potentially end his UFC career.
White didn’t slam the door on Johnson’s UFC career on Saturday night, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he gets another shot after his latest weight cutting nightmare come to life.
UPDATE: According to a report from MMAJunkie.com who spoke to UFC President Dana White following UFC 142, Anthony Johnson has been released from the promotion.
“Three strikes and you’re gone,” White said.
Johnson missed weight on Friday prior to UFC 142 in Brazil. He previously had two other incidents missing weight when he was competing at 170lbs.