When former welterweight Anthony Johnson stepped off the scale yesterday, weighing an eye-popping 197-pounds for his his middleweight (186-pound division limit in non-title fights) debut bout against Vitor Belfort, "The Phenom" agreed to compete in their UFC 142 co main event on one condition:
Johnson could not weigh more than 205 pounds on fight day, which is actually today (Jan. 14, 2012) at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This time around, Johnson hit his mark, coming in at 204.2 pounds this morning. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made the announcement just now on its Twitter page, confirming that the fight "is on" for later this evening.
That's good news, considering it is the match up that most fight fans are looking forward to most on the UFC 142 fight card. However, it's a 20-pound departure from the middleweight mark.
Sure, all fighters typically gain weight after the weigh in, rehydrating and eating to regain their strength prior to stepping inside the Octagon. It's even likely that Belfort -- a former light heavyweight -- will even be near 200 pounds himself by the time the pay-per-view (PPV) event begins at 10 p.m. ET.
But, at this rate, because Johnson had such a huge head start -- and because it is so early -- he will probably add even more weight to the 204 pounds by showtime.
Perhaps his health, which he described as life-threatening, is the reason for the early morning weigh in. Either way, the fight will go on as planned, but not without an asterisk and its fair share of controversy and drama.
This one ain't over yet. Not even close.
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