Anthony Johnson vs Dave Branch changed to catchweight fight after 'Rumble' comes in heavy for Titan Fighting 22 (Updated)

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight-turned-middleweight Anthony Johnson may have to turn light heavyweight.

That's because "Rumble" was unable to make weight for his 185-pound contest against Dave Branch for the Titan Fighting 22 main event tonight (May 25, 2012) at Memorial Hall in Kansas City. Prior to the weigh ins, officials were forced to change this evening's headliner to a 195-pound catchweight fight.

The final tally? Johnson 194.2, Branch 189.2.

I guess things didn't go the way they predicted in Titan's March 23 press release:

In preparation for his upcoming fight with Branch, Johnson has brought on JC Santana, strength and conditioning expert and founder of the world renowned Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton, Florida, located near the Blackzilian's new training camp in Delray Beach. Santana will closely work with Johnson on a new weight, diet and strength and conditioning program leading up to his May 25 fight.

"Anthony Johnson has the potential to be one of the biggest stars in the sport, I don't think anyone in the world doubts that including me and so I'm proud to have him as my client," said Santana. "Starting today, I am going to be responsible for anything that goes into Anthony's body. This is a make it or break it camp for Rumble, he has hired me, and we are not going to be messing around. This is a very disciplined and progressive situation and everything that goes into his mouth we are going to monitor, and he is going to weigh in every day. For me, the next eight weeks is Anthony's fight. When he takes the cage on May 25, in my mind, he's already won."

Johnson failed to make weight for his UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" co-main event against Vitor Belfort earlier this year, tipping the scale at a whopping 197 pounds, a full 11 pounds over the 186-pound contractual limit.

It was the third time "Rumble" missed weight in his UFC career. The first came against Rich Clementi at UFC 76 and then again opposite Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104.

UFC President Dana White had seen enough.

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