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Anthony Johnson knocks out Yoshiyuki Yoshida, loses more than $60,000

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"I had a knee injury getting ready for Matt Brown. I got heavy. I wasn't fat, but I was 220 [pounds]. I did all I could to lose it. I think if I maybe had an extra hour or two I would have been able to lose the extra five pounds -- it was coming off. It's just my fault. I should have started preparing faster and I shouldn't have let myself get that heavy.... I'm not happy with my performance at all. I've got a lot of stuff inside me all balled up. I was hoping I could have released some of it against Yoshida, but I couldn't. A lot of personal [bullshit] makes it hard to be yourself. I'm trying to overlook that, but it is what it is. I have no choice but to keep moving forward. I can't let it slow me down even though it keeps trying to slow me down. I won't let it break me. I ain't no punk. Nobody can break me but me. I can't wait for my next fight. I promise you it will be better than this one -- and even more brutal."

Five pounds cost hard-hitting welterweight Anthony Johnson a $60,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus for his 41-second destruction of Yoshiyuki Yoshida at UFC 104: "Machida vs. Shogun" last night, as well as 20 percent of his total salary. UFC President Dana White revealed that "Rumble" rendered himself ineligible with the transgression. Johnson claims that poor time management and letting himself go a little too far after an injury are the reasons he tipped the scales at 176 pounds a day prior to the fight. Heavyweight Pat Barry, who collected Johnson's bonus check with a stoppage of Antoni Hardonk (he also received an additional $60,000 for "Fight of the Night), may want to send him a thank you note. Or some cake. Or both.

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