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Anthony Johnson Is Laughing at Us, Fight With Vitor Belfort Is On

Well, fat people are supposed to be jolly.

You’ve trained several months for a fight, flown to another country, missed weight, been publicly lambasted by your boss, forfeited 20% of your purse, risked your health, and jeopardized your career in the sport’s biggest promotion. What do you do?

You have yourself a good chuckle:

I’m already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don’t I give a fuck cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I’m still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I’m still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can’t move then and see how you look at life after that.”

I have no doubt that Anthony Johnson required medical attention while cutting weight, but it was for a “medical reason” much like getting rushed to the ER because of alcohol poisoning is due to a “medical reason”. He’s not the random victim of an unpreventable illness. Like the sorority chick with marker on her face and puke on her dress, Johnson’s medical issue stems directly from poor decision making and willfully pushing his body beyond the limits from which it can recover. He’s now missed weight in over 25% of his UFC bouts. Anthony Johnson, my friends, is on a bender.

The only good news in all of this is that the fight is still on. “Rumble” just weighed in at 204.2lbs, just below the 205lb cap Belfort’s camp mandated for the bout to take place. Whether we see a massive AJ or a drawn out one, it may be the last time we see him period. In an interview with MMA Junkie last night, Dana White said, “”His job is on the line. His job is absolutely on the line, win or lose.” There’s no question Johnson is a great fighter, but he’ll need to be at his best tonight if he wants to continue to prove it.

Any changes to your predictions?

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Casa de los pantelones- January 15, 2012 at 4:01 pm
His head is kinda pointy, like a bullet.

I move to make a motion that rumbles new finishing move, be a spearing fatality. Spear his opponent with his perfectly pointy shaped head.

I think he would do good at 205, he is fast enough and has enough power and athleticism to compete, he just needs to not be the bigger version of melvin guillard and actually learn to fight smarter instead of reckless.
I Know Nothing- January 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm
@Karma: as a fighter I'd really think you out of everyone would truly understand the reason for all the "ill will" being thrown at AJ; And it's well deserved.

He shouldn't have been allowed to fight after coming in so far over-weight. Period. End of story.

And with quotes like "You try not having feeling in your legs and can’t move then and see how you look at life after that” he's trying to make it sound like he was fearing for his health. I personally think he's full of sh!t. But if that was the case, that factor, combined with the fact that medical assistance from a Dr. was required & it was deemed serious enough that they had to put him on fluids then that's another reason he shouldn't have been cleared to fight even prior to the weigh-ins. Period. End of story.

And in cases like this if the fight still occurs a fighter should have to forefit 25% of their purse if they come in at up to 2.5lbs over. Anything more than 2.5lbs over & they forefit an additional % of their purse for every .5lbs they're over. Period. End of story. :-)
XENOPHON- January 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm
hahaha..yeah there are some cheesy boxers....maybe we could use some of that in MMA?
Coneblazer- January 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm
Anthony Johnson should come out with a McDs logo painted on his back like the cheesy boxers do. And walk out eating Krispy Kremes nodding knowingly to Dana and Lorenzo.. "Oh no I didn't"
XENOPHON- January 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Johnson deserves a pay raise with a bonus for doing what GSP and Anderson Silva are too afraid to do, step up in weight.
RwilsonR- January 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm
@ RB - yes, obviously you are right. I'm still pissed about the Alves/Hughes shit, though. That fucker was moved right in the direction of a title shot after being unprofessional. I just hate rewarding that shit.
djp1988- January 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Nailed it.
Anhonestmoose- January 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm
From the story I got that his medical problems are a result of his massive weight cuts. People are angry because he should be fighting at a higher weight class if he can't make weight in a medically safe way. The only reason he cuts so much is that he wants to gain an advantage over smaller men, which seems unfair. Also, he knew quite a while beforehand that he wasn't going to make weight, but he still didn't inform Belfort until the lase minute. That caused Belfort to have to endure a hellish weight-cut when he could have just cut to around 197 for the catch weight. Johnson then proceeded to say "fuck you" to all the fans in his released statement. Overall it's a bunch of dick moves that make people really angry, and justifiably so.
The Truth- January 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm
DW should force him to fight at 205 for a couple of fights.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Dude has Medical reasons a UFC Doctor forced him to do what he had to do. I don't see the why so much Ill Will for the guy.. It is kind of funny that everyone is really upset.
McLuvin- January 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Another great argument for same day weigh-ins. A guy that weighs around 220 pounds should never cut to 185(let alone 170!). That is dangerous and stupid. Of course he had "a medical issue", the body needs fluids to survive. You can't sweat out over 30lbs. and not expect problems.
NinjaVanish- January 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Really? You grossly miss weight and all you have is a "fuck y'all" I hope DW fires his bitch ass at the press conference and calls him out for disrespecting the organization, the fighters, and the fans. Fucking asshole.
djp1988- January 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm
@Cryptococcus neoformans

His fat ass would make it about 2 feet out of the cannon.
ghostboner- January 14, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Slow clap for RWR. Immediate and swift justice. If there was a consistent and fair punishment for this (i.e. a 2 strike rule or one strike if you are 10+ lbs over) it wouldn't happen. I wanted to see this fight more than any other on this card, but this is supposed to be a sport first and entertainment second. Go back to the minor leagues until you figure out what weight you can fight at.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- January 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm
wtf, he had 24 hours to make things right. plenty of time for a hellish cut January 14, 2012 at 11:32 am
Maybe Rumble will think its wise to make weight when he is fighting for Bellator.
Anhonestmoose- January 14, 2012 at 11:31 am
Let's just throw out weight classes altogether, that should be great for the sport./sarcasm
theworldsoldestsport- January 14, 2012 at 11:31 am
vitor should have made him weigh back in several hours before the fight. AJ just showed not only is he unprofessional when he doesn't make weight. he's an ******* about it when he doesn't make weight.
Punchthedonky- January 14, 2012 at 11:22 am
@RWR Thanks for the link

Remember everyone......Dana doesn't wright anything in stone!
Mofo- January 14, 2012 at 11:08 am
Ha. Personally I really don't give a shit, I just wanna see these two fight. And yeh Vitor's handled big dudes before, no prob.
RB- January 14, 2012 at 10:47 am
No, most guy who miss weight don't win their fights:
Ballentine- January 14, 2012 at 10:41 am
DW will cut AJ tonight no matter what just to prove a point to the other fighters in the UFC. Then Dana will hire him back 3 weeks later.
Kid Clam Curtains- January 14, 2012 at 10:29 am
Oh well. I still want to see him fight.
JCVD as Timecop- January 14, 2012 at 9:56 am
So I missed a lot of this shit because I had my head up my ass... Belfort is going to fight someone who weighed in 20 lbs heavier than he did...?? FUCK YEAH! Pride is back!
LukeTheDuke- January 14, 2012 at 9:43 am
He will fight at HW next, and miss weight by 17 pounds.