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UFC 142 Booking Alert #2: Anthony Johnson to Make Middleweight Debut Against Vitor Belfort


(Yeah, this is probably for the best.)

It’s been a long time coming. The UFC confirmed today that disturbingly large welterweight contender Anthony Johnson will make the jump to 185 pounds and meet Vitor Belfort at UFC 142 (January 14th, somewhere in Brazil), in support of the Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes featherweight title match.

Johnson is riding a two-fight win streak, including a unanimous decision victory over Dan Hardy and a first-round TKO of Charlie Brenneman last month. Due to his habit of packing on mass outside of training camps — which resulted in him blowing weight by six pounds before his 2009 fight against Yoshiyuki Yoshida — speculation about Rumble’s size has hounded him for most of his UFC career. Competing at a more natural weight could be the best thing for his career. Just ask Alistair Overeem, if he ever gets a break between killing people.

As for Belfort, the former UFC light-heavyweight champ and middleweight title challenger is coming off a knockout win over Yoshihiro Akiyama. He was originally slated to face Cung Le at UFC 139, but then got injured as usual, and Wanderlei Silva stepped in. Due to the fight’s timing, it still seems possible that Belfort could be drafted as one of the first coaches for TUF Brazil. We’ll keep you posted.

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WARBONG- November 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm
gotdayum wutdafuk is Ellllll Teeee doin awn Insiiiide daMMa...dat-muddafukka ritedare inta evatang dese dayum days...i smowk darox yawl.
zhangww- November 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm
http://bit.ly/p4ZskR
joe sons balls- November 2, 2011 at 6:17 am
'I think it’s a sign you should move up in weight class when you’re at welterweight but you are bigger than the middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters you are sitting at the table with.

Do it for your health if nothing else. I can’t imagine what the weight cut would have been like for him.'

this. his crazy weight cuts are gonna fucking kill him. my captcha has symbols you cant even type. the fuck cp?
darrenm- November 1, 2011 at 7:45 pm
I think it's a sign you should move up in weight class when you're at welterweight but you are bigger than the middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters you are sitting at the table with.

Do it for your health if nothing else. I can't imagine what the weight cut would have been like for him.
The_Dead_Cow- November 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm
Johnson will get very sleepy midway through the first round, then take an involuntary nap.
Crow42- November 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm
Damm travis record is crazy
J3t- November 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm
You guys chill out, Rumble isn't fat. He's just allergic to bee stings!
lenoz- November 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm
You can add "fat Anthony Johnson" to the list of things I never get bored of looking at, along with "Travis Fulton's record". Go on, add it.
keepyahguessing- November 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm
Rumble looks bigger then jones lol...johnson going to slam vitor on his head and then tko him imo
Steve W- November 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Yep, Vitor's in some trouble.
Crow42- November 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm
We run MMA beg ur pardon anthony, that man was sorta relevant when fighting undersized comp. Let's see how he stacks up with fighthers that can
Hit harder then him. I got vitor winning in the 2nd once anthony tires himself out due 2 his constant wrestling and his head being so big. It basically a fight just 2 it on his shoulders
RearNakedSpoon- November 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Same height, slightly longer reach than Silva and a good wrestlefuck game... Muhahahahaha
jfjjfjff- November 1, 2011 at 3:01 pm
rum ham!
JohnnySac- November 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Rumble ... my dog. Good to hear this, even though being a massive animal (we're talking making weight, of course) is a distinct advantage at 170 ... this is definitely the best move for him in the long run. I'm calling it now fellas ... suprise Rumble by TKO/KO R2 (barring a very high possibility for a Belfort withdrawl).
Gorgzilla- November 1, 2011 at 2:50 pm
It's quite obvious Johnson is just scared he might have to fight Nick Diaz hirr hirr..
RwilsonR- November 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Now Johnson can cut down from 265.
TheWarsawExpress- November 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm
Based on this photo, if Anthony Johnson's head got into a fight with Jon Jones' head, Anthony Johnson's head would totally win.
TheWarsawExpress- November 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Johnson sure does get fat between fights. GD!
JohnnyBlaze- November 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm
my god Anthony Johnson has a fat head
rampage01- November 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm
it"s about time for AJ,but vitor? damn!
Fried Taco- November 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Nice Oreo pic.
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