RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 13: Anthony Johnson weighs in during the UFC 142 Weigh In at HSBC Arena on January 13, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And UFC co-owner, Lorenzo Fertitta (R), is seemingly none too pleased with "Rumble" coming in 11 pounds too heavy. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via UFC.com).
Anthony Johnson is alive. And if you had any clue about how close he came to death yesterday (Jan. 13, 2012), trying to make the cut to 186 pounds for his UFC 142 fight against Vitor Belfort, then you wouldn't be blasting him for coming in a whopping 11 pounds over the middleweight division limit.
That's according to "Rumble," at least, who recently took to Facebook to explain his dire medical condition and blast those who are calling him out. In addition to the unforgiving online mixed martial arts (MMA) online community, one would have to imagine that also includes Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who branded Johnson totally "unprofessional."
Then again, perhaps White, too, was unaware that Johnson lost feeling in his legs and "couldn't move" as he attempted to shed the final five pounds.
Check out his defiant declaration after the jump:
"I'm already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don't I give a f**k cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I'm still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I'm still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can't move then and see how you look at life after that."
As we reported yesterday, Johnson fell ill in the final stretch of his weight cut. The doctor, which the promotion brought with it from Las Vegas, Nevada, ordered Johnson to consume fluids to return to normal strength. He eventually did; however, it was too late -- there was just one hour until the official UFC 142 weigh in.
Nonetheless, it appears that Johnson waited until the last minute -- like most (if not all) fighters -- to make weight, failing to have a contingency plan in place just in case something went wrong. And it did. Terribly.
It's great news that Johnson is somehow still fit enough to compete this evening (Jan. 14, 2012) at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after everything he says he has been through in the last 24 hours. But, when traveling overseas to cut weight in foreign countries -- coupled with a history of scale-tipping fiascos -- he should have been better prepared.
At the very least, he should have take the public relations high road when it was revealed he wasn't.
Remember, Johnson will be required to weigh less than 205 pounds prior to his clash with Belfort this evening (Jan. 14, 2012). He will also be required to forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to his Brazilian counterpart once their (now) light heavyweight fight is over.
That's it ... for now.