("What in the bloody hell? That’s my victory pose, you wanker.")
Cagepotato.com learned of the bout from a source close to one of the fighters Sunday afternoon, but MMAFighting.com was the first to report the story.
An erroneous report surfaced earlier in the day yesterday that stated that the bout would happen at UFC 129 in Toronto, but according to our source, the Canadian date was not offered, but it could happen on one of the three other planned cards. UFC on Versus 3 is penciled in for March 3 in Louisville, Kentucky, an event is reportedly being planned for an undisclosed location for March 19 and Ultimate Fight Night 24 is slated for March 26 in Seattle.
0-2 in his previous two outings, Hardy, (23-8 1 NC) needs a win and Johnson isn’t known to give one up easily. It’s unlikely that the Nottingham, England native will face the axe if he loses the fight, even thought he will have lost three in a row, considering the level of competition he has faced. "The Outlaw’s" seven-fight winning streak was snapped by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre who rode the Brit to a five round decision in March at UFC 111 before suffering his first knockout loss of his career at the hands of former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit at UFC 120 in October.
Hopefully Johnson can make 170 for the bout.
It’s no secret that the massive welterweight has struggled with making weight in the past and since undergoing knee surgery earlier this year, "Rumble," who hasn’t fought since his November 2009 loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 106 ballooned up to 230 pounds due to inactivity.
Johnson (8-3) told hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten on during an episode of Inside MMA earlier this year that he has dropped a similar amount of weight in the past and that, "It ain’t no thang," and that he had no plans of moving to middleweight.
("I swear, I’m AJ. If you don’t believe me we could grapple.")
(Ingesting nothing but water and toilet paper makes AJ a skinny man.)
Unless he has Mike Dolce in his camp, dropping 60 pounds in three months will be no easy feat. If he doesn’t make weight this time around, expect Dana White to put on his angry face when he tells Ariel Helwani that he’s pissed and that AJ will now be fighting at middleweight.