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Friday, Jan 13, 2012

Anthony Johnson 12 Pounds Over Middlweight Limit For UFC Fight With Vitor Belfort, Fight Will Go On As Planned

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson failed to make weight for the third time in his UFC career today, his first at middleweight after moving up from welterweight

By FCF Staff

Shortly after UFC President Dana White announced during the broadcast of UFC weigh ins today that Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (10-3) would not be making weight for his scheduled middleweight bout tomorrow with Vitor Belfort (20-9), Johnson weighed in at 197 pounds, 12 pounds over the 185 pound limit of the fight.

White said the matchup will still take place, but that Johnson will be penalized 20 percent of his purse.  Belfort has requested that Anthony Johnson be under 205 lbs before the fight tomorrow in order for it to occur.

Johnson had a history of difficulty making weight for his previous bouts in the 170 pound limit welterweight division.   His failed attempt today marks the third time he has missed weight during his UFC career.

Johnson was fined a portion of his purse for failing to make weight by a margin of five pounds for his UFC 104 fight with Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

Complete UFC Rio Weigh In Results:

Main Event: UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Chad Mendes (144)

Middleweight: Vitor Belfort (186) vs. Anthony Johnson (*197)
Middleweight: Rousimar Palhares (186) vs. Mike Massenzio (184)
Welterweight: Erick Silva (169) vs. Carlo Prater (170)
Lightweight: Edson Barboza (154) vs. Terry Etim (155)
Lightweight: Thiago Tavares (155) vs. Sam Stout (155)
Heavyweight: Gabriel Gonzaga (250) vs. Edinaldo Oliveira (229)
Featherweight: Yuri Alcantara (145) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (146)
Welterweight: Mike Pyle (171) vs. Ricardo Funch (170)
Featherweight: Antonio Carvalho (144) vs. Felipe Arantes (145)


posted by FCF Staff @ 5:01 pm
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