Anthony Johnson appeared to be on pace to make weight for UFC 142’s co-main event against Vitor Belfort before experiencing medical issues related to the weight cut that doctors treated with fluids, ballooning “Rumble” to 11 pounds overweight for what was to be his middleweight debut.
Johnson’s manager, Glenn Robinson, told MMAWeekly about the problems Johnson faced after waking up Friday at 191.5, just 5.5 pounds over his 186 pound target.
“It was medical reasons, it wasn’t for lack of effort,” Robinson said. “The UFC was extremely supportive and said health comes first.”
Johnson must weigh no more than 205 pounds on Saturday for the fight to go on. Belfort will also collect 20% of Johnson’s purse for agreeing to a catchweight.
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