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Anthony Johnson Moving to Light-Heavyweight After Going 0-0 at Middleweight


(When you walk around heavier than King Mo, dwarf Demian Maia, and are about the same size as Brett Rogers, you probably weren’t a middleweight to begin with. / Photo via KnockOutDogFighting.org)

It was always a joke that Anthony Johnson competed at welterweight; having to cut over 40 pounds to make your limit isn’t healthy for your body or for fair competition. But in an ironic twist, making middleweight was even harder for Johnson than making 170. He failed miserably in two separate attempts, coming in at 197 pounds (!) for his final UFC fight against Vitor Belfort, and at 194.2 for a “catchweight” match against Dave Branch at Titan FC 22 that was originally scheduled as a middleweight contest.

Rather than risk further humiliation, AJ has decided to go up the ladder again, where he’ll compete even closer to his natural weight, whatever that may be. According to Titan Fighting Championships promoter Joe Kelly, “[Anthony Johnson] has stated that in his next fight, he wants to fight for us at 205 so that’s where the fight will be in July. We’ll see.

Johnson’s next opponent hasn’t been named yet, but we’re going to be cautiously optimistic here. Johnson’s double-failure in cutting to middleweight was caused by two factors: 1) An ill-advised decision to add more muscle than he had at welterweight, and 2) the physical shutdown of his body during his cut. Surely he’s learned from those painful lessons, and there’s no way Johnson decides to stack on more mass for his new weight class, is there? (IS THERE??) And how long until Titan FC books Johnson vs. Arlovski at heavyweight?

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KarmaAteMyCat- July 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm
He will make weight i am sure of this he made it a pound or two off at the ufc event. His legs went numb and the doctors whom the ufc employees had him cease his weight cut. A less drained Anthony Johnson is a dangerous man. Give him his dues necause though he has been sufficiently unprofessional and surely Deserves everythig he gets from his critics. I say this is a positive step in the right direction for Rumble.
Clyde- June 19, 2012 at 5:21 am
If he does make weight (and that is a big if), will he still insist on us all eating dicks?
Mofo- June 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm
Even his dog couldn't make welterweight.
(Yeah danomite you beat me to it...)
danomite- June 18, 2012 at 8:38 am
This picture was taken at weigh in's for a dog fight. Rumble's dog came in 7 lbs over the limit.
jjrdias- June 18, 2012 at 8:22 am
This all just means he'll come in at a healthy 212 lbs on his next LH weigh-in.
Fried Taco- June 18, 2012 at 8:21 am
Can Titan afford to bring in Bob Sapp?
Pen Fifteen- June 18, 2012 at 8:19 am
Check out the vandalism on Anthony "Fat Albert" Johnson's wiki page before they get taken down. Someone basically managed to reedit the entire thing. Sample: "In subsequent UFC bouts, he was submitted by Rich Clementi.The fight saw Clementi execute a flawless gameplan of taunting Johnson with a Big Mac, only to secure back mount and choke Johnson out. Regardless, Johnson regards this as a win since he got the Big Mac after the fight. He bounced back with an impressive victory over Tommy Speer."
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