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And Now He’s Fired (And No One’s Surprised): Anthony Johnson

“And if you think *I’m* upset, young man, you just WAIT until your father gets home!” (Pic: MMAMania.com)

Sometimes a fighter gets cut under bizarre circumstances that no one saw coming, and sometimes the writing is on the wall.

There was very little Anthony Johnson could have done last night to preserve his job in the UFC, and “losing” wasn’t on the short list. Every facet of Johnson’s battle with gravity has been a spectacle. On Friday night, he missed weight for the third time in his UFC career—that’s a first for the promotion. And when he stepped on the scales, he didn’t miss by a slim margin, either. He was closer to the light heavyweight limit than he was the middleweight. The eleven extra pounds he was sporting? That sets a UFC record as well.

Now we’ve already belabored Johnson’s lack of professionalism over the last two days, and whether it’s through a dinner invitation or a dismissive laugh, “Rumble” has made it clear that he doesn’t care what we the fans think. One person that does matter, however, is his boss. Here’s what Dana White had to say on the issue.

In an post-fight interview with MMAJunkie.com, the UFC President shared his unbridled thoughts on Johnson’s future:

“This is his third time. Three strikes and you’re gone.”

“That was one of the most unprofessional things I’ve ever seen. The guy was at 170 pounds. He moved up to 185 pounds so this wouldn’t happen anymore, and this is the worst weight cutting disaster he’s ever had. He almost ruined the co-main event here in Brazil. I don’t know what else to say about that one. I’m not happy about it.”

“I knew what the decision was when I talked to you on Friday,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “This is his third time. Listen, the guy was having problems making 170 pounds. He wanted to stay at 170 or whatever his deal was. You go to 185, and you blow it as bad as he blew it? That’s bad, man.”

“I don’t know who you blame in this one. Do you blame him? Do you blame his team? Do you blame his camp? I mean who takes the blame in this one? Ultimately, you’re a grown man. You’re responsible for your own actions.”

Johnson is a great fighter and it sucks to see him leave the promotion, but at the end of the day if you can’t be counted on to play by the rules, you don’t belong in a cage with the best. I’d expect Bellator and other organizations to pursue “Rumble” immediately, but don’t be surprised if we see him in Strikeforce or back in the Octagon soon enough. Dana’s been known to change his mind about this sort of thing.

 

 

 

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meistria- January 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm
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JUDOknowSHIT- January 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm
mmmm.. intravenous gravy...
Onan- January 16, 2012 at 9:38 am
LOL at a guy with an 8 pack being called fat.
KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- January 16, 2012 at 7:37 am
Rumble Johnson is the JaMarcus Russell of MMA....mostly because he's fat and retarded, not the actualy skill level, because he's a legit fighter, just an idiot with lacking work ethic
FattyYarborough- January 16, 2012 at 1:40 am
What the hell is arianny doing Yoga for? She looks like she's on E
donnadon- January 16, 2012 at 12:13 am
I like Anthony Johnson. He is really the real man that I dream for ;) http://www.cigs4girls.com/
mtnthc- January 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm
The timing of the weight cuts definitely needs to change. Big cuts can't be good for the fighters health and are more or less a form of sandbagging.
SnackDaddy- January 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm
At the risk of quoting Jennifer Lopez here, "You can go hard or you can go home." (Actually, i dunno why i quoted that-- it's a fucking annoying song by an equally annoying bitch). Fuck Johnson! Honestly. He's lost any credibility he had before this fight. As a punishment he should be fed to Overeem in the heavyweight division.
Get Off Me- January 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm
Lorenzo and Dana see the same HGH doc. Again, when you got dough and can get the good stuff, this HGH is like the fountain of youth. The only problem is the "G" for growth, this shit makes your bone density shoot up, it also enlarges your guts. the good old pot of abs and skull enlargement look.
Todd M- January 15, 2012 at 8:21 pm
@ MMA Mafia @ ccman, I have always thought the same as you guys and wondered why they did the weigh ins a day before. Joe Rogan talked about it the other day on the podcast and said the reason they started doing it in boxing was that fighters were still cutting lots of weight when they had to weigh in just hours before the fight and there were a few close calls because of that, fainting, dehydration in the ring. I guess the reasoning is that it is the lesser of two evils, in that competitors are always going to look for an advantage so in the interest of safety (and fights that don't stop due to exhaustion) they hold the weigh ins the day before to give the fighter a chance to properly rehydrate.
SethF- January 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm
Someone not named skeletor had to do it, Danga. At least it wasn't Chris, right? Some readers actually take him seriously.
DangadaDang- January 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Oh no Seth, not you too...
RwilsonR- January 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm
Looking at that picture, I have to say that disappointed look Lorenzo has on his face is pretty fucking scary. Whereas Dana flies off the handle, gets pissed, and swears when he's mad at you, he also calms down and is willing to give second and third chances. Lorenzo is giving that look of calm, quiet disappointment that just says, "You fucked with the wrong man's event here, fatty. You're never gonna work in this sport again. Ever."
Perhaps it's for the best. Once an unemployed Anthony Johnson inevitably goes on food stamps, maybe the taste of that guv'ment cheese will help him lose weight.
Rear Naked Poke- January 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm
he will beat Hector Lombard real soon
RwilsonR- January 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm
Anthony Johnson vs Hector Lombard - binger vs juicer, for whatever weight class Bellator thinks I appropriate.
RwilsonR- January 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm
It's okay MediumRare. It speaks well to your sanity. Good effort at an outline though. It sounded about right.
NinjaVanish- January 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm
Thank God. Fuck you Rumble, you lazy, unprofessional bitch. See you in Bellator fighting at 185 with "renewed commitment" being hyped all day long.
Osama- January 15, 2012 at 5:25 pm
@amsterdamheavy: I'm under the impression that HGH is more harmful than roids. Maybe I'm wrong.

P.S. I was in Amsterdam last October and loved it :D
MediumRare- January 15, 2012 at 4:59 pm
Since Xeno isn't here....
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It was Anderson Silva's doing. AS has a big problem with the Blackzilian's. A lot of darker skinned Brazilians (like AS) have not taken kindly to the team's name.
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So Anderson sent piles of cookies and cheesecake to their gym and AJ ballooned. Also, word has it, Rashad is moving up to heavyweight for the same reason.
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[some shit about Lorenzo juicing and his mob connections]
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[some other shit about Dana being a part of the Illuminati]
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[4 or 5 replies to other posts]
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[another paragraph that pretty much amounts to a wall of text]
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(I'm just not cut out to fill in for Xeno)
ccman- January 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm
@ Mt. I was just going by pure fluid weight, only other idea is cargo starving and the swell you get when you break that, but they specifically said iv. Is IV KFC boneless?
mt59801- January 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm
@ccman
It would take more than that since a lot of what goes in IV comes out within an hour or two........unless you have pulmonary edema or congestive heart failure. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt as since it's remotely possible that someone on his medical team confused "Fluids by IV" with "Feeding tube full of KFC"
RwilsonR- January 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm
I want to hear who XENO blames.
amsterdamheavy- January 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm
@Osama = Hormone Replacement therapy and HGH is more likely, all legal of course when you have enough $$
Osama- January 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm
@BryanF I too noticed that Lorenzo is been getting ripped. I guess when you're a billionaire you can get the best trainers, supplements, and possibly the juice.
Maine Blazer- January 15, 2012 at 1:46 pm
I think this loss qualifies him to fight for the title in Strikeforce.
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