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Anthony Johnson was supposed to make the jump from welterweight to middleweight at UFC 142 against Vitor Belfort. After years of struggling to make 170 pounds, he finally was doing the smart thing and moving up to 185.
...then he weighed in at 197 pounds.
The official explanation out of Johnson's camp for the weight problems this time was illness. Via MMA Weekly:
Robinson says that Johnson started feeling sick and unstable, and so a local doctor came in to check him out to see what exactly was going on.
The doctor gave Johnson fluids to see if it would improve his condition, and within a couple of hours, the Blackzilian fighter started to come back to life. Unfortunately, at this point it was too late to cut the weight back down to 186lbs.
"It was medical reasons, it wasn't for lack of effort," Robinson said. "The UFC was extremely supportive and said health comes first."
Now, Rumble has hit up Facebook and doesn't exactly sound apologetic:
I'm already laughing at what ppl are saying. Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr Told me to do. Believe it or don't I give a f**k cuz the ppl close to me were freaking out but I'm still alive and something like this has never happen before. Say what you want I'm still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can't move then and see how you look at life after that
I have a big problem with this. If Johnson was so bad that the people around him were scared and he's celebrating that he is "still alive." Why is this fight going on?
If he was to the point where he had no feeling in his legs and couldn't move them, why should he be allowed to step on the scale three hours later and fight the next day while being forced to not fully rehydrate himself as he has to weigh in again tomorrow?
If this is the truth and not just an excuse for blowing his responsibility to make weight, it sounds like health really doesn't come first.
Just to be clear, the MMA Weekly article said local doctor but Johnson said a UFC doctor. When I asked who the doctor was, Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports sent me this: