Thursday, December 2, 2021

Anthony Johnson Cut Following UFC 142

By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

Following the worst weight cutting debacle in UFC history, Anthony Johnson has been let go by the UFC following Saturday night's loss to Vitor Belfort.

Johnson nearly caused the co-main event of UFC 142 to go down the toilet by coming in well over weight, the third time this has happened to the former welterweight.

UFC President Dana White talked about the situation at the post fight press conference:

“This is his third time,” White said at the post fight press con of Johnson's failure to make weight. “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 weightcutting 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. 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 dislike the guy. I like him very much actually. When you talk to Anthony Johnson, he's a good guy.”

“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.”

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