No matter how committed Anthony Johnson is to fighting at 170 pounds, numbers don't lie.
Eight weeks ago, weighing as much as a mid-sized heavyweight, Johnson began training in earnest for a Saturday tussle in Seattle against Dan Hardy, his first fight since November 2009.
A series of knee injuries, including a painful three-year-old meniscus tear, demanded surgery in April '10 -- no matter how stubborn "Rumble" was with ignoring the pain. The recovery, once again, made Johnson's weight an issue.
"I was out that year and it did some damage to me," Johnson said. "I let myself get out of shape. I put that weight on. That was my fault being lazy. The only thing I was thinking about was living the life and having a good time. I'm injured. I'm going to party and have a good time. Then I just finally sucked it up and said I need to get back into the gym, because I don't want to kill myself [in the gym] to fight."
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