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Rumble just keeps getting bigger and bigger. After getting drummed out of the UFC for continually missing 170 (and 185), it appears he'll be making the step all the way up to 205 pounds for his next bout in the promotion he's currently employed by, Titan Fighting Championships. Titan FC promoter Joe Kelly made the statement on Bloody Elbow Radio late last week:
"[Anthony Johnson] has stated that in his next fight, he wants to fight for us at 205 so that's where the fight will be in July. We'll see."
For those that haven't been following Rumble since he got the boot from the UFC, he signed with Titan and took a middleweight fight against Dave Branch. It eventually ended up being contested at 195 pounds, which confused many people. Here's what Kelly had to say about it:
"[Johnson and Branch] agreed to do the 195 pound catchweight prior to the bout and it is what it is. It's all I can do. We're not the UFC. I've got to do what I have to do to hold matches together. It's not like I can bring in a replacement early on a 12 fight stacked card and I can shuffle things around. We have to work with guys to make sure fights go off. It's something I have to look at in the future. I've got to protect the brand."
I still can't believe that Johnson ever made 170. It boggles my mind that he didn't do any permanent damage to himself by cutting that much weight. Only time will tell if he can be successful as a light heavyweight (or possibly as a middleweight), but I have a feeling we'll see him back in the UFC one day.
HT: MMA Mania