Speculation has now turned into fact on the subject of disgraced middleweight Anthony Johnson’s future in the UFC. Lose to Vitor Belfort at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes and he’s likely to be released; win and his spot on the roster still isn’t safe.
The thin ice Johnson is currently skating on stems from the 27-year old coming in eleven pounds heavy for his co-headlining collision with “The Phenom”. As a result he was fined 20% of his purse and will have to come in below 205 pounds tomorrow afternoon or watch the biggest bout of his career get cancelled.
A former welterweight who had missed his required mark before on more than one occasion, Johnson’s camp quickly came out to say the situation was related to a medical issue in the hours leading up to yesterday’s weigh-ins. However, UFC President Dana White apparently saw things differently.
“Complete and absolute unprofessionalism – that’s what happened,” said White to MMAJunkie. “There’s no other way it can be explained.”
“His job is on the line,” the incensed executive continued. “His job is absolutely on the line, win or lose.”
For now it appears “Rumble” will at least be given an opportunity to remain in one of tonight’s two featured bouts, the other of course being featherweight champ Jose Aldo’s title-defense against Chad Mendes. However, he clearly has zero room for error at this point, adding to the already enormous stakes of his battle with Belfort.
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