Three strikes and Anthony Johnson is officially out. After missing weight by a whopping eleven pounds in what was scheduled to be his middleweight debut, then losing to Vitor Belfort by first round submission at UFC 142, Johnson has been released by the UFC. This past weekend was the third time Johnson was missed weight the day before the fight, with the other two times coming at welterweight.
Dana White confirmed the termination of Johnson’s contract at the post-event press conference.
Johnson had reportedly come to within a pound and a half of making 186 pounds but was advised by doctors to not cut anymore weight as it was becoming a health risk. Taking the doctors advice, Johnson re-hydrated back up to 197 pounds when he stepped on the scale on Friday and weighed 211 pounds when the cage door closed on Saturday night.
Win or lose, Johnson was fighting for his job against Belfort following his weight issue. Come showtime, “Rumble” scored a couple of takedowns and damaged the right eye of Vitor before ultimately gassing out and falling victim to a rear naked choke in the final seconds of the opening frame. Other organizations likely interested in his services include BAMMA and Bellator.
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