The rumbling in Rio de Janeiro has decreased some after Anthony Johnson clocked in this morning at a little over 204 pounds meaning he has met a stipulation that would have otherwise caused the cancellation of his co-headlining clash with Vitor Belfort at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes.
Johnson’s predicament started yesterday at the weigh-ins for tonight’s event when he came in eleven pounds heavy. As a result he was fined 20% of his purse and had to remain under 205 pounds today or else his bout with Belfort would be scrapped.
The 27-year old claimed a medical situation had forced the medical team in Rio to rehydrate him a few hours before stepping on the scale while UFC President Dana White labeled the reason as being little more than a lack of professionalism on the power-punching wrestler’s part. In fact, White has even gone on record as saying Johnson’s job may not be safe even if he comes away with a victory against seasoned veteran Belfort.
UFC 142 starts at 7:00 PM EST on Facebook before heading to FX and eventually PPV when the main card begins at 10:00 PM EST. The lineup is headlined by 145-pound champion Jose Aldo putting his gold up for grabs against unbeaten Californian Chad Mendes.
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