At UFC 142 in January, Vitor Belfort weighed in at the contracted 186 pounds, while opponent Anthony "Rumble" Johnson weighed in at 197. It was the third, and final time he was to miss weight in the UFC, as he was fired by UFC President Dana White, after losing to Belfort.
Johnson's weight issues do not appear to have ended with his departure from the organization.
Rumble signed with Titan FC to fight David Branch in the headliner this weekend on HDNet.
During an Inside MMA interview Ariel Helwani asked Johnson about the weight. "'You're confident," enquired Ariel about the weight. "You can tell us right now, you can make that 185-pound limit when you fight on May 25th, right?"
"Yep," Johnson said, who added, "I'm always confident." Unfortunately, it was not to pass.
Former UFC star Anthony Johnson has just missed weight for his Titan Fighting Championships debut against David Branch.
Johnson tipped the scale Thursday at 194.2 pounds, which is 8.2lbs over the limit for a non-title middleweight bout. Branch didn’t fare much better by clocking in at 189.2 pounds.
Oddly, Johnson still reportedly agreed to pay Branch $4,000 of his purse in order to keep Friday’s now 195-pound catchweight fight intact.
There are reports that Johnson vs. Branch was originally signed as a 195-pound catchweight bout. This is not true according to Titan’s March press release where Johnson stated,”I’m ready to take on whatever 185-pounder they put in front of me,” and HDNet’s promo video published yesterday (ironically entitled “Will Anthony Johnson Make Weight at Titan 22″) discussing Johnson’s middleweight debut with the organization.
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