Anthony Johnson (seen being kicked by Vitor Belfort) is likely gone from the UFC. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
After failing to make weight for the third time in his UFC career, it looks like Anthony Johnson is going to be let go by the promotion. Johnson had moved up to middleweight after a career at welterweight but still missed weight by eleven pounds. The reasoning for his failed weight cut was that he felt ill the day of the weigh-in and was told to take fluids by doctors.
Johnson made things easier on the promotion when he appeared exhausted early in the first round against Vitor Belfort and his exhaustion allowed Belfort to hit him and take his back to get the rear naked choke finish. Larry Pepe of ProMMARadio tweeted this during the post-fight presser:
Johnson is just too large of a man to keep trying to cut as much weight as he has all career. It's amazing to think that he made welterweight at any point given that he doesn't even look like a middleweight now. The guy appears to have the natural body size of a light heavyweight and it may be time for him to test that out.
The best move to score some points with the UFC may be to be very pubic in saying that he needs to fight at 205 and go out and have some success doing so on the regional scene. Or, even if he wants to stay at middleweight, he has to make the cut with ease repeatedly and prove that he can do it.
I truly believe we'd see him have better success if he stops wrecking his body with crazy weight cuts.