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Anthony Johnson misses UFC 142 weight by 11 pounds

Anthony Johnson had one job to do: weigh 186 pounds for roughly five minutes the day before he earns a paycheck for fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 142 in Brazil.

So, naturally, he stepped on the scale in Rio de Janeiro weighing in at 197 pounds. That's not a typo, folks. One hundred, ninety-seven!!!

Where to begin with this? (Twitter, actually. It's the perfect forum for incendiary comments about this.) Surely there will be an explanation forthcoming from Johnson's camp, right?

Johnson moved up to middleweight because of troubles in the past missing the 171-pound  limit for welterweight. He twice missed weight for welterweight bouts.

"As a fighter, you are a professional," UFC president Dana White said. "You are contracted to come in at a certain weight. This is not the first time this has happened with Johnson. He moved up to 185 pound so this wouldn't happen, and here we are in the same position again."

Johnson will forfeit 20 percent of his fight purse to Belfort, who agreed to a catchweight bout Saturday night provided Johnson weighs no more than 205 pounds by that afternoon.

Will it happen? You might find it reasonable to expect it to happen, but then again, you might also find it reasonable for a man who earns his money to fight within specific parameters to come within those parameters for a few minutes of his lifetime.

Fighters, of course, always weigh more on fight night. No one hides that fact. But to step onto a scale at 197 when you knew you had to be 186 is embarassing. That's 11 pounds. Go to a grocery store, pick 11 one-pounder bags of M&Ms, put them in your shopping cart and carry them around for a while. That would yield the same result.


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