Anthony Johnson loves to eat, y'all. But that's not why he missed weight at the UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" weigh-in event that took place earlier today (Fri., Jan. 13, 2012) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
No, apparently, "Rumble" was on schedule and woke up this morning at 191-pounds, well on his way to sweating off the additional baggage to get him to the contracted limit of 186-pounds.
And then it all went terribly wrong.
According to a report from Sergio Non at USA Today, Johnson's manager says he was doing just fine and moving right along until he suddenly fell ill. It was at that point that doctors ordered him to get some fluids into his body for his own health and well-being.
By the time he was feeling better, it was too late. Here's Robinson explaining the situation:
"They called in the local doctor, who made him drink a bunch of fluids to see if that made him feel better. About an hour later he started feeling better. By the time he started feeling better, it was an hour to weigh-ins. ... There was no time to shed the weight."
Seems like a reasonable enough explanation but UFC President Dana White is not happy, nonetheless. The Octagon boss called Johnson a total unprofessional and is reportedly considering firing Johnson for his many issues with making weight throughout his career.
Indeed, this is the third time Johnson has missed weight for a bout. To make matters worse, this was his middleweight debut. That's right; he was given a full 15 pounds extra to work with and he still couldn't make weight.
Luckily, Vitor Belfort, Johnson's opponent tomorrow night at UFC 142, was an understanding fellow and decided to create the stipulation that if Johnson can weigh in under 205-pounds tomorrow before the event, he'll go ahead with the fight. "The Phenom" will also be awarded 20-percent of his opponent's fight purse.
What a mess.
Maniacs, what do you think the right play is here if you're in White's position? Does Johnson deserve another chance? Should he be made to fight at light heavyweight now? Should he even have a job at all? And should this fight even be going forward with the massive weight difference?