Johnson had hoped to turn the page on past weight-cutting woes.
Instead, the event spelled the end of one chapter in his
Johnson (Pictured, file photo) will likely be released by the
promotion following his third botched weight cut and a Saturday
night loss to Vitor
Belfort in Rio de Janeiro, UFC President Dana White said in a
post-fight interview with Fuel TV.
“To be honest with you, we’re probably gonna cut him after this
event,” said White. “Three strikes and you’re out. This is his
third time that he hasn’t made weight. He’s the co-main event in a
huge fight down here in Brazil and this one was a bad one.”
A former 170-pound standout who moved up to 185 to face Belfort,
“Rumble” nonetheless hit the scale at a shocking 197 pounds during
Friday’s official weigh-ins. As a result, Belfort was awarded 20
percent of Johnson’s purse, and Johnson was ordered to weigh no
more than 205 pounds by noon on Saturday.
“Rumble Johnson did the damage to himself,” White asserted. “To be
that unprofessional and not come in on weight, and to be that far
off when you used to fight at 170, now you went to 185 pounds so
you wouldn’t have trouble making weight, and this is your worst
weight cut ever? That’s at a detriment to himself.”
Johnson previously missed weight for welterweight bouts against
Clementi in September 2007 and Yoshiyuki
Yoshida in October 2009, though neither incident was as
egregious as Saturday’s mishap. The 27-year-old fighter’s camp has
claimed doctor-administered fluids were to blame for the mistake;
Johnson, for his part, said that he explained the situation to his
boss and felt there were “no bad vibes.”
“Everything seemed all good to me,” Johnson told Fuel TV in an
interview prior to White’s anouncement. “I think he understood what
happened, but what can I say, you know?”
Meanwhile, one current UFC welterweight was rewarded for his work
on Saturday night, even if his record will not show a win.
White stated at the UFC 142 post-fight press conference that
Brazilian 170-pounder Erick Silva
will be paid his win bonus from Saturday’s bout against Carlo
Prater. Silva was disqualified from the contest by referee
Mario Yamasaki at the 29-second mark after dropping hammerfists on
a dazed Prater, a few of which strayed to the illegal “Mohawk” area
on the back of the head.
“We’re gonna pay him like he won the fight,” White stated. “I would
appeal it if I was him.”
With no sanctioning body for MMA in Brazil, any appeal of
Yamasaki’s decision will go through Mark Ratner, the UFC’s
president of regulatory affairs.