Anthony Johnson released from the UFC (Updated)Posted on January 15, 2012, 01:04 AM by Joey Santosus
"Rumble Johnson did the damage to himself. To be that unprofessional, to not come in on weight, and that far off when you used to fight at 170, now you went to 185 pounds so you wouldn’t have trouble making weight, and this is your worst weight cut ever? It’s a detriment to himself.
To be honest with you, we're probably going to cut him after this event. Three strikes and you're out. This is his third time that he hasn’t made weight. He's the co-main event in a huge fight down here in Brazil, and this one was a bad one." - FuelTV Post Fight Show
Looks like being choked out in front of a jam-packed crowed at the HSBC Arena wasn't enough punishment for Anthony Johnson. According to UFC President Dana White, who was present for the UFC 142 Post-Fight Show on Fuel TV, the bloated Welterweight, turned 185'er will "probably be cut" following tonight's defeat against Vitor Belfort.
The likely release of "Rumble" stems from his inability to make weight for the fight, which served as the co-main event for the promotion's highly anticipated return to Brazil. Though missing weight is an all too common, albeit unwelcome, occurrence for fighters, Johnson made the transition to Middleweight after failing to make the Welterweight limit on multiple occasions. Therefore, tipping the scales at a massive 12-pounds over weight for Saturday's bout was his third, and final, strike, according to White. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Does the punishment fit the crime, or should Johnson be granted another shot at making 185?
According to MMAJunkie.com, Anthony Johnson is now officially released from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Dana White is once again quoted saying "three strikes and you're out", claiming that Anthony Johnson's weigh-in rumble was one of the most unprofessional situations in the UFC history:
RIO DE JANEIRO – Anthony Johnson's third weighcutting mistake will be his last in the UFC, at least for now.
Following Saturday night's UFC 142 event at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, UFC president Dana White terminated Johnson's contract.
"This is his third time," White said of Johnson's failure to make weight for the third time in his octagon career. "Three strikes and you're gone.
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