UFC 104's Anthony Johnson: "As soon as I didn't make weight, my life changed"

UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson should have left Los Angeles $60,000 richer.

After earning a devastating 43-second TKO win over Yoshiyuki Yoshida on the main card of this past Saturday's UFC 104 event in Los Angeles, Johnson appeared to be a lock for the evening's "Knockout of the Night" award and a $60,000 bonus.

But Johnson missed weight the day before, and UFC president Dana White declared "Rumble" ineligible for the award. Johnson said the penalty was a life-changing moment.

"It sucked, but in a way it didn't suck because I deserved to be punished for not making weight," Johnson recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "It's nobody's fault but mine for not making weight. So I accepted the punishment of not getting $60,000, but trust me, my feelings were hurt."

Johnson's trip from 225 pounds down to 176 – five pounds over the allowed limit for his bout – has been well-documented. Johnson contended all along he was unconcerned about the weight loss, but the final cut proved to be a little bit too much.

"I was pretty confident I was going to make the weight because when I was in the sauna, I was sitting in there and within an hour I lost three or four pounds right off the bat," Johnson said. "I didn't have any concerns until it was getting closer and closer to 3 o'clock."

Johnson ceased to sweat while he was at 176 pounds, and the remaining weight proved impossible to cut. A dehydrated Johnson, physically and emotionally drained, appeared weak as he hit the scales on Friday, but "Rumble" said he never considered withdrawing from the bout.

"I wanted to fight no matter what," Johnson said. " After putting my body through that and losing so much weight, you think I'm going to say, 'No, I don't want to fight'? I don't care. I wanted to fight no matter what."

Johnson made quick work of Yoshida on fight night, but despite the impressive performance the Staples Center crowd offered him a fairly lukewarm response. A past crowd-favorite, Johnson said by the incident has helped him realized his true fans.

"That's life," Johnson said. "People are going to turn on you, and [others] are going to support you no matter what. You'll know who your real friends are and who your real fans are when they stick by you through thick and thin like this.

"You make a mistake, people aren't supposed to turn their back on you, but they will. That lets you know who's in your corner and who's really supporting you and everything else. Some people are just nutriders. They just want to be on the bandwagon just because you're good."

In addition to losing the "Knockout of the Night" award, Johnson was also fined 20 percent of his purse. It was a stiff financial penalty, and Johnson said he refuses to find himself there again.

"I'm changing up everything," Johnson said. "I'm having a meeting with my whole camp next week, and we're going to get everything rolling.

"I'm still dieting right now. That's how serious I am about all this. I'm changing up everything – my training, my dieting. My whole life is changing right now. As soon as I didn't make weight, my life changed."

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MikeyHatTrick on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm ET
good read     
 

Appalachian on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm ET
Whats he going to change? he already likes as if he has no body fat whatsoever. Definetly needs to be at 185.
 

Appalachian on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm ET
sorry, didn't mean to leave that as a response to you mikey. Hit the wrong button.
 

manta on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm ET
i'd like to see how rumble would fare against better competition, someone from AKA perhaps or hughes if he's still got it. BTW, holy cow, that was fast, junkie.
 

FACELESSMAN on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm ET
shizzznit happens.... who cares.... he missed weight.  he f'd up but the penalty of losing all that cash is enough punishment.... this kid is a stud, maybe even a future champion, cutting weight from 225 to 170 is sicc.... rumble is taking the necessary steps to make sure it doesnt happen again, so any1 who jumps off his bandwagon bc of a weight issue is nuts
i am krunk ahahahahah
 

HitokiriX on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm ET
that is a ridiculous amount of weight to cut  and a lot of these guys do it though.  it's good to see he's learning from the experience though and changing up his game plan.
 

FACELESSMAN on Oct 28, 2009 at 8:39 am ET
we rolled into him and skyscrape at ufc 100 and when we met him i said holy f dude your a big dude..... i asked him what is his non competive weight he goes 220... he goes what did you expect? i said maybe 195 to 200.... but this guy is a big motha hucker.....weight cutting is a science and i think he has a few more tweaks and he is good.... he will dominate kos at ufc 106
 

FACELESSMAN on Oct 28, 2009 at 8:45 am ET
also there is a you tube video of aj getting attacked (in a controlled enviroment of course) by a police german shepard training dog.... pretty cool to see
 

Jonnycaz on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm ET
This guys a dumbass why fight to be something you"re not!? You're not a frakin welterweight. Its not smart to continually cut weight and physically devastate your frame just to have a chance to dominate true welterweights...A: becuase its weak and shady tactics that garners little respect, and B: because you'll always be prime candidate for getting monster knockouts but unable to collect because you didnt make weight. Theres nothing impressive about a skinnier anderson silva killing welterweight kids....
 

ArmChairHWChampion on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm ET
anderson silva also used to be a ww. Why is everyone acting like he is the only person who cuts weight? Just about everyone in the UFC fights at, or eventually fights at the lowest weight they can get to. This is to gain an advantage or keep up with the competition. Since Rumble fought at this weight before, if he wants to continue to cut, and doesn't miss again, I don't see the problem with it.
 

Jonnycaz on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm ET
used to be used to be, this guy is a friggin heavyweight NOW. Yeah some peeps fight in the lowest class they can(far from all) most, fight in their NATURAL weight class fyi. Anthony's still a kid and growing dude, this guy is reaching hard with his cutting, and its gonna continue to be an issue with him, watch
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:48 pm ET
A. Silva is a Heavy weight...GSP and Alves are Middleweights...Forrest and Tito are good sized Heavyweights....Gray Maynard and Gleison Tibau are very large Welterweights...


So I said this dude really needs to make the jump in weight class...

But, only him and his training partners KNOW if he was lazy this time around...

Only THEY know if he was Bull$hitting throughout his training camp...

If he was...

Let him fight at 170 and see if he makes weight...
 

Jonnycaz on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm ET
your examples had a one weight class difference. This guy has 2. He's in the wrong house, but whatever let him stay. I guarantee everyone he meets and trains with for the rest of his WW career asks him the weight class question right off the bat in the introduction. Also, A. Silva is not a natural heavyweight. He clearly does not have the body type that allows him to fight comfortably 225 and up...
 

beast8282 on Oct 28, 2009 at 3:08 am ET
Why don't you tell that to Fedor? He never cuts weight, and he's about A.silva's weight when silva isn't cutting weight
 

hddavidson on Oct 27, 2009 at 9:56 pm ET
where are you from,almost nobody fights at their natural weight
 

Jonnycaz on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:29 pm ET
I'm from Earth, its pretty cool. Yes plenty of fighters fight at natural weights. It's important to do so due to gassing by cutting too much and the sluggish and slowed down nature of too much weight. No Wendy's, no processed sugars and tons of training produces your natural state. The targeted weight class is the closest one to that weight. This class is called your "natural weight class." More fighters than not stay at this class not due to the fact that they have weight advantages, but because this "natural weight," allows them to fully utilize their skills and talents with precise execution.
 

BigBen115 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm ET

+1

 

T1 on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm ET
You do realize there is more to cutting weight than your body fat percentage? lol. Having a  healthy lifestyle can make the cut that much easier (heck, we all know that a lot of these fighters don't have the greatest lifestyles). Starting the cut earlier, as well as having a better nutrition plan can both help you make the cut.
 

Moody on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm ET
He a cheater and a bad person. I don't ever want to see him fight again.
 

IdioticFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm ET
lol
 

NickHavok on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm ET
He also has the chubbiest upper cheeks I have ever seen.

Seriously, what is with the puffiness around his eyes in that pic?

Looks weird.
 

TheRealSilva on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm ET
He just has a huge zygomatic arch...
 

MeatPunch on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm ET
He looks like an alien in that pic. 
 

mr_soabchek on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:30 pm ET
I always said that he had the skull shape of Australopithecus Aferensis. Hehe 
 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:54 pm ET
no.... i dont see it
 

MikeJJ- on Oct 28, 2009 at 4:12 am ET
I bet u don't see it because u have the same skull structure...

Everyone else looks weird in your eyes, right?  :P
 

CerealKracka on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm ET
And your an idiot.  How is he a bad person for not making weight?  Everyone makes mistakes and I think he is paying for his, as well as learning from it.  Who are you to judge him when your not in his shoes?  oh I know why, your an a$$hole.
 

EdoKaz818 on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm ET
Not a bad person just a disgrace to MMA. hes the only person who brought that upon his self.
 

Stewballs on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm ET
Dude - like 3-4 fighters didn't make weight. Try doing it sometime r*tard....
 

mmainukraine on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:56 pm ET
wow dude you are gona call him a retard for wanting fighter to make weight for his weight class??

it doeznt matter if EdoKaz did it or not, it is not his job, Johnson on the other hand is obligated to make weight.


so if you are gona be aon a plane and pilot is gona crash you on some deserted island and tell you Try staring a plane sometime you retard will that be an exuse?
 

VasyGSP on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm ET
Hahaha good argument actually
 

BigWolve on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm ET
Fail, your the retard.

by your worldview, making weight is not a big deal.

Obviously you don't compete or you'd feel different.
 

DavidR on Oct 28, 2009 at 3:03 am ET
that's cruel to fighter bash on AJ.  I met him at UFC 100 & he's a very friendly fan social person.
 

machinegun on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm ET
unless you've done it, you can't know how it is. $0hes made the cut for all of his other fights.. his body just said no this time, for whatever reason.$0
 

machinegun on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm ET
unless you've done it, you can't know how it is. $0hes made the cut for all of his other fights.. his body just said no this time, for whatever reason.$0
 

RTBuster on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm ET
No, that is not true. He came in over 6 pounds heavy when fought Rich Clementi if I recall.
 

delldog on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm ET

If i recall correctly, he took that fight on less than 2 week notice. He broke the rule and got punished for it. Now leave alone. I didn't hear all of this when Lutter didn't make weight for the title fight or when Alves missed weight against Hughes.
 

RTBuster on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm ET
So if you take a fight on two weeks (or less) notice it is ok to miss weight by 6 pounds?
 

erogers72 on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:18 pm ET
taking a fight on 8 days notice and missing weight is not a big deal when BOTH FIGHTERS MISSED WEIGHT.  Clementi, who usually fights 155 was over 175 so they made it a catchweight bout as a replacement for another fight that was canceled due to injury.  Take a second to actually learn a little about what you are commenting on.  otherwise you just look like an idiot rambling on about things you have no clue about. 
 

Shintaro on Oct 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm ET
Not quite right there.  Rich came in at 169 and Anthony at 177, so it was a catchweight bout at 177.  So it was Anthony's weight that determined the catchweight, not Rich.  Of course the eight days notice played a part in all of that.

Rich won anyway despite the obvious size disadvantage via RNC.
 

erogers72 on Oct 28, 2009 at 1:36 am ET
blah blah blah...the point is an 8 day notice makes it perfectly fine to miss weight. it's unrealistic to think otherwise
 

Appalachian on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:44 pm ET
Are you kidding? Lutter got crucified for not making weight. Not only that, he went from contender to out of the UFC. Not that Johnson should be out, since Lutter missed on a title fight. But still, everyone Ive see who didn't make weight in the UFC always gets ragged on bad.
 

CanadianCrippler on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm ET
Alves mentioned his injury earlier if i recall, so not so much heat.

If you didnt think Lutter was bashed beyond belief for his missed weight against Silva, i dont know where you were :P
 

Iainkelt on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm ET
Totally false, Lutter got reamed on this (and other) sites for failing to make weight. Johnson isn't special in this regard.
 

OThree on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm ET
Being over 6 pounds simply means he cant do it anymore, either physically or mentally...you may see him again at 170 but not cutting 50+ lbs. He would have to stay around 200 to give it a shot. I know as a wrestler, weight cutting is the fight before the fight and in my opinion he would be much better at 185, when he only has to worry about fighting the opponent in front of him
 

VasyGSP on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm ET
Exactly


Look at Gegard Mousasi, the guy knows that he's young and still growing and he's gone from middleweight to lightheavy and even fighting in the open weight tournaments now.



It's not healthy for Anthony Johnson to be cutting 55 pounds every few months.  In fact it's sick
 

sigjward on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm ET
Cereal - chill - Moody was layin on the sarcasm pretty thick...
 

kwest on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm ET
hey Havoc,


shouldn't you be trying to get someone fired? or tattle taling, whistleblowing on someone? besides, for an ANTI UFC guy you sure open your trap too often.

someone said the other day that you're a hypocritical cancer to this site, I thought that was pretty bang on.

...........back to business,  I would like to see Rumble fight Swick,Kos,Fitch,Kampman and of course GSP, but yeah, he should be thinking of 185 for sure. He's a beast in that Div too IMO
 

NickHavok on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm ET
End of the month Bro.

My work is done :)

But it's funny that someone with the name Kwest is going to make a comment to someone else about 'opening their mouth'.

Haha...Too funny.

Thanks for the laugh.
 

Gibbs101 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm ET
wow lol kwest haha totally just got owned by havok
 

TheDragonFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm ET
maybe the dude is from southern Florida.  Have you ever heard of Key West?
 

NickHavok on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm ET
ROTGLMFAO!
 

kwest on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:28 pm ET
ouch !!   I'm red faced

keep guessing
 

NickHavok on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm ET
Were you trying to find a new and unique way to spell the word Quest?
 

TheNooch on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:29 pm ET
Kevin West?  :-)
 

MrEarlBC on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:47 pm ET
haha
 

RedRing on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm ET
Why do you always have to find more and more reason to hate somebody?  Look this kind of thing is fine if you're in high school but holding petty grudges against people is childish.

Rumble is a nice guy that missed weight.  Should everyone that misses weight be crucified? Should everyone that makes a stupid race joke be blacklisted from your good graces?

If you actually looked at the good things Rumble does and talks about and how gracious he always is you'd realize the guy is a good guy, but you're too stuck on trying to demonize his every move to do so... as if you don't have friends that make mistakes.  As if you YOURSELF don't make mistakes in your life.

Seriously, you got a lot of personality growth to do if you insist on wasting your life, breath, and time hating others for minuscule reasons. Get off your soap box, btw the UFC is here to stay, deal with it.  And don't let your feelings towards my post enhance how you feel about Rumble, if you're going to hate me for my remarks then fine, but Rumble is a good guy that did nothing to you.
 

broncoschamp on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm ET
dont get mad cuz he called you a nutrider
 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm ET
hahahaha
 

redneckfighter on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm ET
your crazy rumble johnson is a great fighter he makes one mistake and people start talking SH*t
 

Skope on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm ET
I like how he is changing things now. He will be a better fighter for it.

One day he shall be on top of the division.
 

wolf on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:04 pm ET
really?  like above fitch, alves, and the holy grail GSP?
 

The_Darkness on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:37 pm ET
Johnson should move up to 185. Although he's a promising prospect, he's not a better wrestler than GSP, Koscheck or Fitch and would likely be a heavy underdog to all three.  The MW division has few wrestlers and is in general weaker than WW. (Eg, Kampmann was as high as 6 or so at MW and is now in danger of not even being a top 10 WW).

 

mmablaster on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm ET
He should either go to 185, or try to stay under 200 pounds while training.
 

Gooch on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm ET
I don't think he will do this again cause he is a dominate force at 170 and should get put against someone of higher caliber now in my opinion.
 

meters800 on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm ET
Hitting a person in the wallet gets their attention. 

Rumble likes the sweets......
 

xXCLOSXx on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm ET
    I'm still a huge Rumble fan, he just needs to know that this is his job now. He fights at 170lbs he HAS TO make 170lbs. PERIOD.
 

flashdode on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm ET
Exactly!  He needs to realize that people were not booing him as a fighter.  I love watching him fight but felt I couldn't root for him as much because he missed wieght by so much.  Anthony:  Your true friends/fans will also tell you when you messed up big, and you did.  So don't go attacking us fans for your mistake.  We are your true fans and that's why it hurt so bad.
 

ArtofRuin on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:40 pm ET
just because you can't work out due to injury doesn't mean you have to eat junk food  everyday,  but even at the wiegh in's  i still don't see 6lbs of fat on him, he's gonna have to burn off some muscle to make 170  more easily
 

TheDragonFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm ET
He said he ate junk food everyday.  In an interview before the fight he said he weighed so much because he was a southern boy that likes to eat too much junk food.
 

kozmo399 on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm ET
The guy walks around at 225 ? I think the only thing he needs to change is the division he's fighting in !!!!!
 

shooter on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:04 pm ET
couldn't agree more. Not only is it a better division for him, but better for his health. He is stupid if he keeps going 170. But he would rather cut and be bigger than everyone else, like a bully.
 

Havokgamer on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm ET
"some people are just nutriders"

hahaha awesome. You're still one of my favorites AJ. Glad to hear that you're taking the diet serious though, can't wait to see you fight for the belt!
 

Beathisfacein on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm ET
I hope Rumble is able to keep cutting down to 170, but if he comes in again overweight there should be a rule that you have to move up a class. I am ready to see what he can do against a wrestler or better competition.
 

MMAchidafan on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm ET
Johnson needs to fight at middleweight or lhw he is to big for 170. He has to cut over 50lbs to make the limit, that is just insane!
 

CagePotato on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:47 pm ET
" You'll know who your real friends are and who your real fans are when they stick by you through thick and thin like this."  $0The only reason why he received a luke-warm response from the crowd is because he showed no respect for the other fighter by coming in overweight.  He's lucky that people were still cheering him on and the production didn't really make a big deal about it.  I think the fighter should lose 50% of their purse, that would be a big incentive to make weight.$0
 

ArmChairHWChampion on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm ET
The problem is that there doesn't seem to be any consistency in how these transgressions are punished. Thiago Alves was in the same situation in his fight against Matt Hughes and he only lost 10% of his purse and still earned knockout out of the night even though there was more competition for that award than there was this time around. This is just another example of why the UFC is not on the same level as other pro sports as far as how they govern their affairs. Roger Goddell doesn't just decide on a whim to fine or suspend somebody for something done wrong. First a precedent is set and then all similar situations are measured against that and then actions are taken accordingly. The same can be said with the difference between giving Rua an automatic rematch for his controversial title loss but not granting Rampage the same when he lost just as controversially to Forrest. Dana gets a wild hair up his butt and then makes knee jerk decisions that can have a huge impact on the future of the UFC.   
 

submissionboy on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:08 pm ET
The difference is Dana thought Forrest won. People are harsh on Rumble. It's not the end of the world if it doesn't happen
again. You better not do a mistake when you're black i guess cause you will get punished by every hypocrite who was supporting you before. Obama is next but he made weight i heard ;)
 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm ET
lol no he didnt, obama misse wieght. hes goin to the gas chamber
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm ET
You are a dumbA$$$,

Obama is a PREJUDICE, or just cause the fact that he is HALF black, he feels that he has to stick up for a fellow HALF black professor over a figgin POLICE OFFICER on national television...


WHAT THE HELL!!!!  

You know how dangerous that is ...turning black people against police officers for NO REASON...

And when all the facts were in, the cop was doing his job...and Obama felt stupid...
 

Iainkelt on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm ET
Not only was your comment largely impossible to follow, it also has nothing to with MMA.
 

delldog on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm ET

Agree 100%.
 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm ET
i agree with armchair completely
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm ET
Well, Armchairchampion,

You are ONLY an arm chair champion because you make accusatory statemenst without knowin the facts...

'Zenko's'  M A N A G E M E N T agreed on a %20 forfeit of AJs purse... 

Otherwise the fight was OFF...

When someone comes in 5 lbs over...the other fighter/manager has the power...

Yoshidas manager decieded to fight ONLY if he forfeited the purse...

Yeah, the UFC will never be the same as the other sports because there are a FEW knuckleheads that are always calling out " INJUSTICE"...
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm ET
Are you implying because Rampage and AJ are 'black', they are not getting the same punishments...

You are either a jerk or 'Black', not that they are interchangeable...

To make a statement like that...

Rampage was a crimminal...Dana BAILED his ass out!!!

That was some Crazy $hit that Rampage did...

Dana said," I ll help your sorry ass out and put you on every fight card to make some money."

 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm ET
lets just compare alves and AJ....... alves did not get this backlash....AJ did. thats all.
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm ET
That is the difference between Matt Hughes/management vs Yoshida/management...

Hughes agreed to a 10% forfeit

Yoshida agreed only to fight with a 20% forfeit...
 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm ET
i dont care about the money at all, only about how the media reacts and fans alike.
 

Iainkelt on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm ET
I remember Alves being ridiculed at least on MMA forums, so I'm not clear what you are talking about.
 

ArmChairHWChampion on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm ET
Why did you feel like race had anything to do with it? Just because I defended two black fighters (without even mentioning their race) you assume that I am either black or a jerk because I want there to be a more concrete set of rule for this? I didn't say AJ didn't deserve to be punished, I just said in other sports leagues, there are usually precedents set and then followed and this was not the case. As for rampage, none of the crazy sh*t he did in the days after his loss have any bearing on what I was saying because Dana demanded a rematch between shogun and machida right after the fight and did not do so for rampage forrest. Again, I'm not even necessarily disagreeing with the rulings themselves, just that they are inconsistent.
 

monteaz on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:48 pm ET
There becomes a time in a fighters career when he can become championship caliber or he can fall by the waist side. I think the next couple fighters for Johnson could be a big telling point to how his career turns out. He can burn a little muscle and be a 170Lber. I'd like to see him vs Kos next.
 

n4tacon on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm ET
Rumble's one of the most talented guys out there, but if he wants to continue to be a WW, he's gonna need to shed some muscle. At 176lbs, he looks rock solid so he's gonna need to lose the muscle. It's either that or go to MW where he'd be pretty competitive as well.
 

Crazybull on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm ET
Rumble is an awesome fighter on his way up the ranks.  He made a mistake and if he was injured then that's understandable to a degree.  I have always been against fighters when they miss weight because they have plenty of time to prepare especially if you are injury free.  Rumble is getting a lot of attention from this where Alves did not seem to get much.  I like where his head is at now at least we will see in the future. 
With all of this said, there are two things that you should not miss weight for which is of NO excuse:

1.) Championship fight - ummmmmmm...Travis Lutter

2.) The Ultimate Fighter - cmon man! how many times has that happened. No excuse.
 

swanny on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm ET
Don't forget about Joe Riggs missing against Matt Hughes as well.
 

jhall282 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm ET
Riggs did miss but he took the fight on very short notice because of an injury to karo parisyian.  He is a huge WW and about 2 weeks was just not enough time to make that big a cut
 

benman3321 on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm ET
any fighter that has looked as impressive as Johnson is going to get crucified for not making weight.

Even though MMA is entertainment, sometimes fans (including myself) get caught up in the moment, and think that fights have a direct impact on our lives....It happens, and as that happens, people get over it as well.

Look forward to seeing AJ back in the cage.


yours,
benji
 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm ET
fair enough
 

realblood33 on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm ET
so he basically hates the people of LA, and everyone else who texted him and tweeted him on the win are his true fans, GENIUS
 

IdioticFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm ET
Fans are just fans.  We are all idiots.
 

DarkChurch on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm ET
Hopefully Anthony Johnson gets things going in the right direction again. Keep in mind he has been fighting at 170 for a while and hasn't missed weight before. I don't think this will be a long term issue. Due to how few contenders the WW division has right now Johnson probabaly only needs two or three more wins to earn a title shot.
 

optimus828 on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm ET
Awesome, Another place for me to re-iterate how stupid weight cutting is.

This is not something that can be argued because it is logical fact.

Weight Classes exist.  There is a champion at each weight class, and poeple fight to become champion or challenge, etc.

The weight classes exist so that fighters can fight people of equal size.

When people cut weight like this though, the weight class becomes meaningless because it is no longer doing it's intended job of seperating people based on size.  You have people like Johnson coming into the fight of 170lb weight divison probably weighting 190 @ fight night against an opponent who probably weight close to 170.  So, there is a huge weight difference which the weight classes only purpose for existance is to make sure that weight difference isn't there.

So, weight cutting completely goes against weight classes, and this is just fact... so don't respond to this.  Just meditate on the facts.

Most arguments that come up to this are "well yoshida should cut... blah blah" but you know what... It doesn't make sense and is just plain stupid to say that a guy should have to cut weight, just because everybody else does it.

If a fighter walks around @ exactly 170lbs and feels great.  They should be able to fight another fighter who weighs the same weight.  They shouldn't have to worry about having to cut weight because their opponent is going to be a 190lber cheating his way into the lower weight class so that he will be larger than his opponent and therefore bypass the weight class.  This is just stupid. 

While so many people will say weight cutting is not cheating, I beg to differ and I have fact to back me up.  The purpose of cutting weight is so that you come into a fight @ a lower weight class, and then by fight night you weigh more than that weight class and therefore you've cheated the weight class system because you no longer weigh into that weight classes weight limit.

This is all fact, and there is no logical argument against this.  So please, don't try.
 

Moody on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm ET
Good post!
 

Clangclanggang on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm ET
Weight cutting is just a simple fact of the game.  It's not going to change and we can piss and moan until we are blue in the face and it won't make a difference.  That being said...50 LBS isn't a weight cut, it's a Jenny Craig commercial!.  If this guy is truly walking around at 225 and cutting to 170 in the course of a few months, he has to be putting his health at risk.  Does anyone know if the medical guy that does articles here has ever addressed this?  I mean cutting 15 to 20 pounds is one thing but 55 is a whole different story.
 

rush16 on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm ET
I know, dont know why everyone gets so uptight about the weight cutting thing. Its apart of combat sports and always will be, get use to it people.
 

tlandry14 on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm ET
The entire issue of unfair weight cutting would be solved by making fighters weigh in the day of their fight instead of the day before. Have all fighters arrive at the venue 1 hour before the scheduled start time and start weighing them all in. Main Event fighters and main card fighters would weigh in last etc.... Would ensure that all fighters were virtually the same weight at fight time. Would also force fighters to fight at their natural weight. In this scenario Rumble would almost asuredly fight at Middleweight or even Light Heavyweight.
 

manta on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:19 pm ET
a fighter makes it so a division's maximum weight is his minimum weight. stop whining. if you don't like weight cutting, go watch baseball. there is nothing that can't be argued. yes, that's even true for the sentence that precedes this one.
 

kakarot on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm ET
I agree....

 they should move weigh ins to the same day as the fight.  problem solved... 
 

DogintheFIGHT on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:09 pm ET
how is this for an argument
you don't know what you are talking about and your logic is flawed with stupidity
everyone cuts weather from training or dieting or sweating and how can one say who "walks around" at a certain weight??? They outlawed diuretics for people who cut weight by cheating agreed but unless you train and fight you make no sense to anyone but yourself. sorry pal but you just don't get it...
 

shooter on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:13 pm ET
a lot of MMA fighters are ex wrestlers, like AJ. Weight cutting is part of the sport of wrestling, and part of the culture. If you haven't wrestled or been involved in wrestling, it is hard to understand.
 

Clangclanggang on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:27 pm ET
I have been aroung wrestling and I am not arguing cutting weight, but even the largest heaveyweights in MMA are only cutting 25 to 30 pounds.  I can honestly say I have never seen someone walk around 55 pounds heavier than their fighting weight on a regular basis.  I hope that was just in this instance, because if he is cutting and gaining that much weight on a regular basis, ther WILL be health issues. 
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm ET
True, but look at the champs in every division...

Bj is bigger than all but two 155ers...

GSP is bigger than all but 2 170lbers...

Anderson is bigger than all 185ers...

Machida/Rua are not bigger than everyone, but Forrest was...

Brock is bigger than everyone...

So, you see the trend here...

If there is anyone who is going to knock off the champ,

Maybe it will be someone his own size...like AJ...

How come no one ever accuses GSP of any wrong doing...

Even during greasegate...it was documented on video and people called BJ a  BITCH...

GSP is bigger than any welterweight he ever fought, with the exception of Alves maybe...
 

Malarky on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm ET
WOW ... Your whole post was devised to get a shot in at GSP ... Interesting ....

Firstly ... Greasegate was bullsh*t .... use your head ... more grease would be transferred via the amount on each fighters face ... not to mention the fact that GSP wouldn't need the advantage people like you claim it would have given him ... BJ is a bitch ... he should have taken the loss like a man ... stop the insanity.

Secondly ... AJ is far larger than GSP .... GSP walks around at 183 ... hardly a Giant WW ...

other than the above mentioned nonsense the rest of your post makes sense, kinda ....

BJ is fatter in his non training days than most LW ... many LW's are larger ...

LHW's blow your theory to bits ...

As mentioned GSP is not the largest WW .... Alves, AJ ... and others .... not sure about KOS and SWICK but they are liekly bigger

MW ... A.S. is big but I would say there are others his size ... not sure on stats but how about NATE THE GREAT ...

let's not forget ... height doesn't make you bigger, just taller ... look at Nate Diaz ... Corey Miller ... the list goes on for "BIG" LW's

Brock is bigger than everyone .... but it's his athletic ability that gives him the real edge ... I am bigger than Brock but I have nowhere near the athletic ability he does ....
 

primo6711 on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm ET
lol what? $0$0 $0 $0haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa$0 $0just b/c he walks around at 183 doesnt mean he is not a big 170$0 $0is that a joke?$0 $0$0 $0 $0he is one of the biggest$0 $0$0 $0 $0stand next to him. you would think he wieghs 200 pounds. dude have the muscle frame of someone that wieghs 200$0 $0$0 $0 $0just b/c hes the man at keeping his wieght in check doesnt mean hes not huge.$0 $0$0 $0 $0by huge we mean muscle to rest of body wieght ratio$0 $0$0 $0 $0and he my friends is at the top of that list$0 $0$0 $0 $0gsp is the man though. AJ might be a little bigger but not by much$0
 

Malarky on Oct 29, 2009 at 2:10 pm ET
If you read my post you will see that I said GSP is not a Giant WW ...  I didn't say he wasn't one of the largest ... AJ is much larger though ...

Have you stood next to GSP like you say I should? I have, he is not a huge guy ... lots of muscle no doubt.

Still trying to figure out what your post is all about .... because GSP walking around at 183 makes him a lot smaller than AJ walking around at 225. GSP maintains a healthy lifestyle at 183 ... it's not like he starves himself to stay there.

You were right about one thing ... GSP is The Man!

P.S. I know it has been mentioned before but why the hell does your post always have all that $h!t in it?
 

Raguu on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm ET
I disagree it does exactly what it is supposed to do. If a fighter can't make weight maybe just maybe he is supposed to be fighting at a higher weight class. For example if I was say 225lbs and try to cut to 170 and don't make it maybe just maybe I am not a WW but a MW or LHW. Just an example. With fighters cutting more and more weight it is only a matter of time before one of them gets seriously hurt.
 

pmhand on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:19 pm ET
wow weight cutting is by no means cheating everyone in the ufc cuts at least someweight and weigth cutting has been around forever with werestling and boxing its not cheating thats just dumb
 

Raguu on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm ET
Same day weigh-ins. Solves all issues. Creates "true" weight
 

chooch on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm ET
LOL!These are the rules that we have.How about that for fact?Don't call something cheating that is within the rules.Cheating,if I recall,is when you sherk the rules that everyone else is complying with.If every fighter is allowed to cut weight then that is fair because it applies to EVERYONE!.If the rules were to be changed and the fighters had to be at weight the day of the fight then I would support it 100%.Until then,these are the rules that we have!!!Get over it.I'm shocked when I see grown men not be able to comprehend logic.It's also shocking when they knitpick like women.Unfreaking real!
 

Angry_Snowman on Oct 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm ET
Bingo.  Cheating? Come on guys, that's ridiculous.   Use some common sense fellas.
 

StraightRiteKO on Oct 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm ET
I am a big fan of Anthony Johnson and I hope he gets everything settled in. He needs to stay focused and not get eaten up mentally. Hopefully no more injuries plague him from fighting again soon. GO RUMBLE!!
 

Capn on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:02 pm ET
AJ vs Paul Daley would be a sweet fight to watch, both can bang and Daley looked good with Kampmann
AJ vs Koshcheck would be another good test for him, see if he can hang with the top contenders
 

DogintheFIGHT on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm ET
I may be the only one but I don't think he is all that good. He has really beat no one all that good and the only time he hit the ground he gassed out and got beat up by Rich Clementi. A good puncher, yes and awesome specimon, yes but a future champ I don't think so. He is a sour grapes punky type of kid who thinks he is more special then he is thanks to his "people" telling him so.
 

swanny on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm ET
I take it you didn't see the class that Rumble showed after he lost to Kevin Burns due to being poked in the eye then?
 

shooter on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm ET
totally agree
 

AndersonSilva on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm ET
It's hard to knock him too much for making weight. The guy looks like he has zero % body fat.  He's only 24 or 25 I think so his body is still growing, I think his days at 170 might be over soon. I think he's just naturally too big.  The only way I see him being able to continue to make weight is if he loses some muscle.

Weither he fights at WW or MW he should be a fun fighter to watch. Although 170 does benefit him a little more since he's so much bigger than other 170er's.
 

thegreatestpenn on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm ET
Alves didn't make weight against matt hughes.  whooped him and got a title shot not long after.  and MADE WEIGHT.  so please cut Johnson some slack.  he admitted what he did was wrong and is looking to correct it.
 

shooter on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm ET
Alves never got up to 225 though.
 

jrok07 on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm ET
My goodness he cuts from 225?  That is a little to much.  I mean come on.  He would be excellent at 185 and i guarantee the reduction in weight cutting would prove to make him even better in all aspects.  He cuts 45 pounds every fight.  They should really have a limit of natural weight for each weight division.  Next anderson silva will be fighting at 155.  I am not taking away from aj, but dude would probably be more promising at 170, even tho he is a contender now.  Imagine aj vs bisping, aj vs. marquardt.
 

jrok07 on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:09 am ET
OOPS!  55 pounds haha sorry!
 

jrok07 on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:10 am ET
Promising at 185
 

kakarot on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm ET
junkie,

you should do a little story on the pressure of not turning down a fight due to not making weight... 

has anyone ever denied a fight because of it?  and the repercussions of that i imagine would not be good (getting benched, cut, etc..).  how would the fighter be paid if the bought was scrapped? 

i know it sounds like a pansy thing to do but i would love to see someone say "make weight or i'm not fighting you"..
 

kakarot on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm ET
now that i think about it...  didnt that happen where the fighter who made weight didnt agree to a catchweight but the fighter who didnt make weight thought it was cool so he started chuggin his drink only to find out he had to make weight... then the bought was scrapped...
 

Raguu on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:34 pm ET
Ya it was Din Thomas a little while ago at a small show in the southern states i believe.
 

TheGrandWizard on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:11 pm ET
I'm not saying that I disagree with Dana's decision to declare Rumble ineligible for the KOTN bonus, but I do remember Thiago Alves winning KOTN after missing weight against Matt Hughes at UFC 85. Has UFC changed their policy on that issue or is Dana specifically trying to send a message to Rumble?
 

kakarot on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm ET
good point...  although i do agree w/ dana's decision w/ rumble... it is a little hypocritical...
 

mmaLady on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:07 pm ET
thats exactly what i was thinkin..
 

hjdevnull on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm ET
I really like Rumble, and I think this is going to be good for him. Just like the Hughes and Serra losses energized and focused GSP, I think this is going to really energize and focus Rumble. He's likely been the type that has never had to watch his diet in order to be ripped and strong, and I bet his weight ballooned because of that while he was injured. Now, he'll be eating right and staying in shape year-round rather than only working when he has a fight coming up. $0$0 $0 $0I feel sorry for whoever fights him next. I think he's going to become a serious beast in the next four to six months.$0
 

dave2020 on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm ET
Anthony Johnson needs to stay at welterweight! This is the first time he hasn't made weight and he came into the fight weighing too much. He has a great side advantage and at middleweight would not have the advantage he has now.
 

shooter on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm ET
wow, you mean at 185 he would have to actually fight someone his own size? God forbid!
 

bluejeep on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm ET
Instead of moving up to middleweight, how about not putting on 50lbs in between fights.  I know he's a big dude with no body fat, but if he worked enough to stay around 200lbs in between fights, the cut wouldn't be nearly what he's making it.  Any thoughts?
 

TheDragonFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm ET
I think the problem alot of people have with him is that the reason he didn't make weight wasn't due to injury, like in Alves case, it was due to him ballooning up to 225 in between fights.  He even said in an interview before the fight that he was not concerned with the weight cut, and that he is a "southern boy" and not only eats alot, but eats alot of fried foods.  He came off a little cocky in that interview.  I think that is the problem with this guy.  Alves didn't make weight for the hughs fight because he injured his ankle or something fairly close to the fight and couldn't do the cardio needed to cut weight.  That is a big difference from a guy that just likes to eat alot of crap.
 

CF3 on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm ET
man up and fight at MW. 
 

SamMMAFanBronx on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:20 pm ET
Listen, this guy is an elite fighter at 170 pounds, he is destroying guys.  He will be a good fighter at 185.

I say he would make short work of Dan Hardy, I say he would beat Swick, yet the UFC is selling Swick vs. Hardy as the #1 contender fight.

Come on people, we can do this, it is not that hard, USE YOUR EYES.  This guy should fight Koscheck.

Take the Thiago Alves vs. Fitch winner and compare them to Koscheck vs. Johnson winner, who looks better?  That is who should fight for the title.

I am tired of the UFC feeling the need to wipe their divisions clean in the name of have a TRUE #1 CONTENDER...that is foolish, especially when you are trying to sell us 14 PPVs a year, your champs need contenders to fight.

If you keep on letting Anderson Silva/Soares dictate to you, your other champs will start to do the same, pretty soon you are going to have your Champs fighting once a year.

IMO Marquardt vs. Maia should have never happened, guess what else I am going to say...

Thats right...Henderson vs Marquardt should not happen.  Why get rid of Championship contenders?
 

SamMMAFanBronx on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:25 pm ET
Futhermore, in many cases, the way the sport is evolving, you will have guys thought to be possible title contenders(Kampmann) get pounded on by the guys they are fighting waiting to get their shot.  Even Condit, though he won, took a hit in my eyes, Ellenberger should have been given a first round stoppage, the ref was asleep. 
 

TheDragonFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm ET
Why should Ellenberger have been "given" a first round stoppage?  If I'm not mistaken a fight is stopped when a guy is not intelligently defending himself out of safety for that fighter.  Not because the dominant fighter happen to get him in a position where he couldn't defend himself.  With that logic, then the fight between Roy Nelson and Kimbo should have been stopped in the first round, just because Nelson had Kimbo in a position where he couldn't defend himself.  He was taking no damage, though, so the fight continued.  Kind of the same thing in the Condit fight.  He obviously wasn't in any "real" danger, or he would of been KO'd or whatever.  No, the fact is, Condit got out of the position and won the fight.  If he was coherant enough to get out of the position, AND win the fight, then the right call was made.
 

jrok07 on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:16 am ET
Your right the best fights need to happen but when certain fighters have to go through 5-7 fights to get a shot there are 5-7 less people in that division that have a credible shot.  The champions already are pretty much fighting once a year.  Cause if there is 5 champions and 12 months in the year then every event the ufc put's on ppv wise should have a title fight.  UFC 106's main event is almost a loser leaves town fight not a title contender fight.
 

Stealth on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:24 pm ET
He's a very nice guy, but you wonder why he wants to fight @ 170. He has absolutely no business fighting at that weight. His skin and bones weigh 175.
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:14 pm ET
For the same reason why Diego and Maynard fight at 155!

Duh!

Why would Wandy fight at 185?

Why would Vitor fight at 185??


TO BE MORE COMPETETIVE!!!
 

Reckoning on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm ET
AJ needs to get a clue about what to expect from his fans.
 

Howie40 on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm ET
His feelings were hurt by not getting knock out of the night bonus?  Give me a break.  You find out who your true fans are?  Any fan wants Rumble to come in at the weight he agreed to 170.  Excuse us for not getting excited when you mess up.  Isn't he the same guy that "allowed us the privilege" of watching him knock someone out at a fight night?  I like to watch him fight but he sure can come across as cocky. 
 

TheDragonFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm ET
If I have to hear that quote one more time.....

Play 10 minutes of UFC Unleashed, and you'll hear that line in your sleep.
 

raneedham on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm ET
AJ seems like a really down to earth and decent guy who should be given another chance by the fans. I did however find his fight difficult to watch. He was so much bigger it became a complete mismatch and it was only right that he lost 20% of his pay and was inelligible for any bonuses.
 

Howie40 on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm ET
I hope he does prove to be a decent and down to earth guy.   Honestly I liked him better before I read this article.  I think it's crazy to complain about the repercussions of his own mess up.  It makes me wonder if he's truly sorry and if it will happen again. 
 

Rizen914 on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:38 pm ET
 I don't think people turned on him, just hearing he cut from 225 won't earn any respect
 I can see a 15 to 20 pound cut but 50. Injury or not, thats not being responsible.
 I always give second chances, but if he continues to cut that much weight i won't respect
 him as a fighter, I mean what do we have weight classes for.
 

Androly-San on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm ET
I don't know if it's so much about people turning on him and getting off the bandwagon. I think the crowd just wanted to let him know that he, as a professional, has the responsibility of making weight, and that not fulfilling that responsibility will not win you too many fans.

I for one think he's a great fighter and sh1t happens to everyone. He'll be back for sure, but i think he needs to consider moving up a weight class. 50 lbs is a ridiculous amount of weight to lose.
 

egk on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm ET
It's funny that Johnson talks about fans being so quick to turn on him for a "mistake".  The fact is fans rightfully took his lack of discipline as a slap in the fact to Yoshida, the sport and themselves for supporting him in the first place.   He has no one to blame but himself.
I think it was patently unfair for him to be fighting a guy who's a natural 170lbs.  After not making weight and rehydrating and eating, he probably outweighed Yoshida by 25lbs.   If you can't make the weight, don't fight in that weight class, Rumble.
 

jrvanhook on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm ET
I've never liked Anthony Johnson and his attitude during this interview just reinforces that feeling. Apparetly his true fans are the ones that fully support his failure to make weight. I would love to see him get submitted or knocked out, and my guess is that once he fights someone closer to the top of the division I will get my wish. Assuming he can ever make the welterweight limit again and there is certainly no gaurantee on that. I'm not one to jump all over someone for not making weight one time, everyone makes mistakes, but his comments on the negative reactions he's gotten from fans tells me I don't need to support him. Not that I was anyway but it certainly reinforced that belief. And cutting 55 pounds is just crazy, regardless of anything else that can't be good for his health.
 

carp on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:50 pm ET
This guy is a liar.  If you heard his post-fight speech he said he ran out of time but he was still sweating and dropping weight... he said he just should have started earlier... poor discipline.  Now the story changes?  I guess to draw the sympathy card... and also to attack any critics and label them as nutriders... very classy Rumble.  Glad to see you lost that 60k especially since this was a pathetic matchup to begin with.  This guy has been too coddled.  When will get thrown to the wolves, or do we have to sit through another weak ass fight. 

Yes, credit to him for winning, but Kos knocked out this guy very easily already... he showed nothing new to me.
 

LivingDedMan on Oct 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm ET
I guess he definitely learnt a lesson here.
 

tiger_style on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm ET
I feel bad for Yoshida.  He didn't have to take the fight but he did.  He was pretty much going up against a middleweight at that point.
 

carp on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:05 pm ET
well he did get his pay and the extra 20%... didn't he?
 

RTBuster on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm ET
Almost. 10% went to Yoshida, the other 10% goes to the Commission.
 

carp on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm ET
greedy ass commission that sends half-ass judges and refs that shouldn't even be watching MMA let alone reffing it... lol
 

girdaj on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm ET
He was going to lose anyway....

He got KOed worse than that by KOS...
 

BigWolve on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm ET
nice logic. holy f**k.

The fighters favoured to win shouldn't have to make weight because they're going to win anyway???

Full retard
 

agent_smith on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm ET
Hey Junkie...the doc needs to do an article on the risks of weight cutting.  50 f'n pounds...come on man.  Once you stop sweating like he did, you put yourself at serious risk.

Not only that, 24 hours to rehydrate and get nutrients back into your body is risky in itself, do it too fast and you could earn yourself a heart attack.  Body builders use pharmaceutical diuretics that will strip out the remaining water in your muscles and under the skin so they look ripped on stage (which have caused fatalities at competitions).  Since it is not a performance enhancing drug, I wonder if cutting agents like that are tested for? 

Clearly, this guy needs to be at 185.  
 

Androly-San on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm ET
I agree, I'd like to hear the Doc's opinion on this matter. 50 lbs also sounds like a ridiculous amount of weight to me.
 

OThree on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm ET
AJ may not be the only MMA fighter losing 50+ for a fight but I have to think it is rare. 20-30 seems the norm. As a former wrestler I think 50+ is nuts but as long as they fight 3-4 a year and weigh in 24hrs in advance it will still happen. AJ will eventually lose due to that kind of cut, as soon as he faces a little tougher comp and his cardio fails him due to the cut...cardio is the limiting factor to the advantage of cutting so much.
 

TheDragonFan on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:31 pm ET
The doc has done an article on weight cutting...check the archives.

And they do check for dieretics, as they are a banned substance in MMA.
 

IronJawJake on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm ET
If he's done it before, he can make weight again, but who the f's fault was it that let his weight get so out of control?
 

dennisschurg on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm ET
I think people are making too big of a deal out of this. Yes, he missed weight. Yes, he should probably move up a weight class or 2, but why would he? He has had what, 6 UFC fights? He made weight for 4 of them. He's young and he knows what's best for his body, not these haters that have never cut a lb. in their life.

I don't think the extra weight made a difference, Yoshida was bound to get slept in under a minute anyways. Yoshida is a sick grappler but just like most Japanese fighters making the transition to North American MMA, their lack of true western boxing hurts them. No head movement or proper defense. On top of that, Yoshida is a SMALL welterweight. Maybe he should move down? Don't pity him for having to fight a guy who missed weight, he SIGNED the contract, and provided he did atleast 5 minutes worth of research on Anthony, he absolutely knew that Anthony is a HUGE welterweight and HAS missed weight before.

Anyways, I have been a fan of Anthony since his first UFC fight where he crushed Chad Reiner in 13 seconds. He's exciting, explosive and has some of the most KO power in the whole WW division. If he continues with improving his Jits, because he already has excellent wrestling and above average striking for sure, he could be champion one day. The only thing stopping him is that the Champion of his weight class is the best wrestler in all of MMA. The upside is that GSP has been KO'd before by a natural LW in Matt Serra, and Anthony could easily fit in with the 205'ers frame wise.

And I guarentee he still got some kind of bonus from Dana and Co. He annihilated an excellent fighter in Yoshida in under a minute. That counts for something, weight problems or not.
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm ET
Y would he? Because its not very impressive to knock out guys that you are greatly larger then, I mean c'mon whats the point
having weight classes then? Anyone who doesn't get this, doesn't understand the sport and has clearly never participated in a
sport that requires a weight class. Its for the safety of the fighter and the organization.
 

dennisschurg on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm ET
Well, maybe Yoshida should move down then. The younger generations are just getting bigger and bigger. Look at GSP, you think it's fair that he's at 170?! Lesnar at 265 is fair?! Forrest at 205?! Deal with it. Yoshida is too small and he should be at 155, not Anthony's fault. And it's not like it was a test of strength, it was a 41 second mauling on the feet. I understand the need for weight classes, but I don't understand the big deal. EVERYONE knows Anthony is HUGE at WW, reguardless of an extra 5 lbs or not.
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm ET
Are you serious? A: We already all agree that there should be a "Super Heavyweight" class for guy 265 and up. GSP is a Monster
of a fighter, but he always makes weight and doesn't walk around too much over 185 lets not mistake his talent for size and
weight. Forest walks around and a modest 220, again only 15 over his 205 weight class. How can you blame a natural 170
for being too small? How? Cause you no NOTHING about the sport, wagon jumper. An extra 5 pounds? Honestly man, dont post
on here anymore, your an idiot. He weighed in 6 pounds over, he probably walked in 20 pounds over for the fight. I have an idea, take your head
out of your ass and go fight someone 20lbs heavier then you, get your ass kicked, go cry to mommy and then come discuss this topic.
Actually, just go suck on ur moms T*t and stay away from MMAJunkie, go post on Espn or something, uneducated loser!
 

Rizen914 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm ET
 This has nothing to do with Yoshida.....He made weight, AJ didn't
 we are talking 50 lbs here not 15 with GSP....
 

wolrabjj on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm ET
Watch the fight again GSP tapped he didn't get KO'ed
 

Jman on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm ET
He missed weight once. I think everyone deserves a second chance. He does it again though...problem. Personally, I have no problem with weight cuts, it is a part of the sport like it or not. It is not going to go away anytime soon. 50-55 lbs. though, he will struggle again if these numbers are true. He may struggle to actually make weight or he will struggle because the cut was just too much. This will work itself out one way or another. He is also very young, he won't stay at WW for too much longer whether he wants to or not. You just put more weight on between now and that ugly 30 year old milestone as a rule. Love watching him fight though.....bright future.
 

CagePotato on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm ET
Trigg commented a few months back that he was naturally putting on a 1lb/year of muscle from training, which is why he was fighting at 185 (witexception to his return to the UFC). With that said, Rumble's weight cutting seems to diminish his KO potential in the later rounds.
 

grim_reaper on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm ET
He likely cannot maintain getting to 170 too much longer anyhow due to growth...and not all states even give you 1 pound over.  Even if he can make 170 for another year he may not get a shot at the Champ over that time.  I would rather see him move to 185 now and get used to it.  He will have to make some strength and training adjustments to fight at 185 but a lot of that is just dealing with the heavier fighters.  We need 185ers...that weight class is just dead right now.  Nothing exciting happening there month to month other than bickering which of 2 fighters deserve a shot at the Champ.  We need some new blood at 185.

 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm ET
Personally, I believe AJ is way too big for that weight class, even if only walks around at 195 he should be a middle weight. I cant imagine
if the guy walks around at 210 or 220. Its a little ridiculous, i mean BJ fights at 155 and went up to 170 to fight GSP, thats only 15lbs and
look at what a difference it made on that fight. If Yoshida was exactly 170 for that fight and AJ came in at 185 (Even though I think he came
in closer to 195) thats it the same 15 pounds that we saw with the BJ/GSP fight and we all know how ridiculous that was. To me, the fact
that he "WONT" move to MW just shows he want to be a bully at 170 instead of a world class fighter in his own weight class. What is the
point of the weight classes if the UFC or ASC allows fighters to drop that much weight. What would be impressive to me, is to see a change
in the system. If A guy naturally weigh 15lbs over the class they want to fight in they should be allowed to fight, but if they weigh 15 or more
they should have to fight in the next class. Put it this way, would be be fair to have a guy like Vitor, Shogun, or Machida fight GSP?

 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm ET
I mean in reality, if they are over the weight classes then lets go back to the Gracie format for MMA and just have guys like
Brock fight guys like BJ. Then everyone out there defending the reason he should "be able" to fight 20-25 lbs under his natural
weight can see what a sham it would be. With the amount and degree of talent out there now, people will start to get seriously
injured having to fight some that out weighs them that much. I LOVE MMA and would never want to see a person get really hurt
doing what he loves. They are out there to make money and put on a show for us, lets respect them and hope for a change.
 

BigBen115 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm ET
Im with ya dude I hope to not witness such a fraudulent bout again, this is abrutal sport right off the bat, but to have such an unequal challenge is not only unethical its a danger to the fighter.

Now on the other hand had Yoshi pulled out an impossible victory we would be all in a roar of how this little Judo guy dismantled an overweight badass!
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:10 pm ET
What really got me was when he was asked if he would move up a weight class and he acted like he shouldn't, like he is
too happy being ENORMOUS where he is. It just shows he doesn't respect the people he is fighting and the sport itself. It
will work itself out, the booing wont stop and as fans become more aware of this he will fizzle. I was a big fan before that
fight and the fact the he didn't make weight, and was so quick to dismiss him moving to what I think would be his proper
weight class really kills me. I hope Dana seeing through the sh*t and figures it out. I KNOW YOUR READING THIS DANA,
CMON LETS BE A CLASS ACT AND MAKE THIS GUY FIGHT IN HIS "REAL" WEIGHT CLASS! LETS PUT A 15 POUND BUFFER ON
FIGHTER PRE SELECTING THE FIGHTS, THAT WAY WE WONT HAVE, AWWW I WAS INJURED SO I ATE F*UCKING FAST FOOD
AND DIDNT EXCERCIZE ENOUGH. ITS THEIR JOB TO MAKE WEIGHT AND ITS YOUR (OR THE ASC) JOB TO ENSURE THE SAFETY
OF YOUR FIGHTERs AND YOUR ORGANIZATION. WHAT A SHAM!
 

BigBen115 on Oct 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm ET
Tru that!
 

itsbadertime on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm ET
This guy needs to get a reality check.  He didn't make weight so of course the fans aren't going to have the same response for a devastating knockout as they normally would.  He had an unfair advantage and if it was any one of the more popular fighters that did this they would get the same result.  No one turned their back on him it's just part of the sport.  This fight should not boost his ranking and his next opponent should be chosen as if he never fought at UFC 104. 
 

Appalachian on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:50 pm ET
I agree. not making weight is a very bad thing in most fans eyes. Its one of the things Dana White hates the most. The problem with Johnson is, he cuts such a crazy amount of weight, its not going to take much to make him miss weight in the future. One minor problem in training camp and he is going to miss. He is going to have to be very careful.
 

hellcat13 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm ET
"He ceased to sweat while at 176"  I know this has been talked about before but when someone goes this far to cut it's not just unhealthy but it's life threatening. If you're not sweating you're basically on the verge of heat stroke, is it really worth it? I'm not one for an over abundance of rules and regulations but when it comes to fighters safety this has to raise questions. If the commissions can determine that personal choices made previously to entering the cage, such as drug use, can be a safety issue how is this not? Would like to get the docs thoughts on this one.
 

MM1111 on Oct 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm ET
The guy is like the same size as Cro Cop and he cuts down to 170 (or tries to), it's craziness.
 

mattdawg4 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm ET
No way this dude should be a welterweight.
 

UltimateVIP on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm ET
First off, I feel bad for AJ getting called out by Dana on the Fight of the Night when the ruling was not consistent with past performances. It was truly a slap in the face.

Second, the concept of cutting weight is NEVER going to go away. Just yesterday it was reported that BOTH Lesnar and Carwin walk around at 295 and need to cut 30 for the upper limit.

There are two schools of thought about cutting weight. One, the smaller opponent has a decided advantage over a severely depleted athlete. This may hold true some of the time.

Two, the rebound effect after the weigh in gives a decided size advantage to the athlete who cut weight. We have seen in the past a guy like Lesnar 15 pounds heavier only one day later. 15 pounds is nothing.

I have a buddy that competed in the Canadian Bodybuilding Championships and put 55 pounds on after the show before the photo session the following day. His rebound was so dramatic they didn't want to take his picture. I was with Nimrod King when he won the North Americans and the guy was 195 at the weigh in and 225 on stage one night later after a heavy session of yams and pasta.

As long as there are weight classes, athletes are going to be free to determine where they want to compete. Unfortunately when you miss weight though, you need to do a little soul searching.
 

Appalachian on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm ET
Why dont they just weigh them the day of the fight? It seems like it would be more fair. I am sure there is a reason they dont though, can anyone elaborate?
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm ET
Again, we all know the heavyweight class is COMPLETELY different due to the fact that its the largest of all the classes.
We also know that a superheavy weight class is in order when guys like Brock and Carwin, started fighting MMA. Its not
the Gracie style of MMA anymore its the UFC and the UFC has weight classes for specific reason, IE: safety of their fighter
and the organization. Your comments about bodybuilding have nothing to do with the topic, so ill leave those alone. We already
know from the Machida/Shogun Fight, Forest/Rampage fight that there needs to be a revamp on the judging, there also should
be a revamp on allowing fighters to come into a fight 20-25lbs heavier then their opponent. Its an oxy-moron and i can tell that
there are a lot of "morons" out there that just want to see a quick KO rather then see the sport for what it is. Its not a death match
its a sport, a very grueling and brutal sport. Thats the reason we have weight classes, lets respect the fighters...... its for our entertainment
that they fight <and $ ;) >
 

UltimateVIP on Oct 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm ET
If you had read the entire post, you would have noticed that the reference to bodybuilding was simply to show the dramatic rebound effect of cutting a great deal of weight.

My point was and reamins that weh na guy like Brock enters the ring 20 lbs heavier than the weigh in it is not unheard of for a lower weight class fighter to do the same if they cut significantly.

 

snakechamer on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm ET
Rumble has a fan here. He missed weight and payed for it. Move on people. Dude has the skills to be a top contendor. How many of you have cut weight? I did for wrestling. It sucks. 
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm ET
All the reason for you to understand why he should be in his "proper" weight class, when you cut weight would it have been
fair for you to go through all the metal anguish to wrestle a guy that weighs 20lb more then you? His "Skills" need to be tested
against someone his own size, its only fair.
 

BigWolve on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:07 pm ET
So you be cool on the mat with guys that didn't make weight?

You're either full of sh*t saying you wrestled or you're not all there.
 

afro_samurai on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:28 pm ET
this is my first time leaving a comment in any articles here in junkie but i always read your comments guys... :D

I believe Rumble is gonna be back at 170... he needs to prove that this won't happen again... but if this happened again.. he needs to move up..
 

shooter on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:31 pm ET
in high school wrestling they do a bodyfat check, and then tell you have much weight you are allowed to cut. So, in other words, they tell you what weight classes you can and cannot compete in. I think that would be a good idea for fighting. Sooner or later someone is going to die cutting weight and then something like that will probably get implemented.

 

Appalachian on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm ET
That sounds pretty reasonable. Last thing MMA needs as a growing sport is for a fighter to hurt themselves trying to cut too much.
 

Dan21MMA on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm ET
Damn man why is this such a big deal with some people. Stop bitching about something you really know nothing about. He lost 60 thousands dollars for this. Just drop this and move on.
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm ET
You comment on him losing out on 60K? Its his own fault, he shouldn't have made a dime on that fight.
 

rajman on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm ET
If Johnson got beaten down by Yoshida people wouldnt have been going all crazy that AJ didnt make weight.....even if he made 170lbs he would have been that much bigger and still destroy Yoshida. Its like when Cyborg didnt make weight against Akano and everyone went crazy about how much bigger she was and it wasnt a fair fight...who later made weight and destroyed the undefeated Carano. Give the guy a break, he messed up and openly admits it.....Alves weighed in at 174lbs and destroyed Hughes but didnt get as much as hate...yes its 2lbs lighter but its still way over the limit right?
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm ET
Can we all wrap our minds around the fact that what a fighter "weighs" in at is substantially different then what a fighter walks
into the ring at. In this case especially it was a LARGE different.
 

agent_smith on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm ET
Him putting that weight back on in 24 hours to get back to 'walking' weight is a huuuuuge stress on the body.  If not done right that shock can kill ya.
 

JohnDoe183874 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm ET
What about Anderson Silva? Doesn't he walk around at 225-230?

That's a 40 lb. weight cut if he cuts from 225 to 185, which is pretty big also.
 

mmakid777 on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm ET
Its a rumor, i believe he naturaly walks around at 210, but you never know. Still that's 25lbs, problem with AS is that he doesn't
look like a monster. I do believe that he should fight at 205, and he will soon enough.
 

edosama1983 on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm ET
have you seen Anderson walking behind Machida?

dude looks like he's 240..

Anderson walks around 220, goes into a diet to loose the weight before the fight, and then cut.

 

Appalachian on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm ET
Yeah, its a pretty big cut. I think that Anderson would be fighting at Light heavy it his partner Machida didn't already lay claim. I think if Machida loses, AS will move on in and take the LHW belt from whoever has it, unless Machida still has designs on getting it back.
 

newERA on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:20 am ET
before the decision in the shogun fight, i was already wondering whether they would have anderson avenge machida. :D  then the decision came in and, well, so much for that . . .
 

BigWolve on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm ET
He also makes weight too everytime doesn't he?

Anthony Johnson doesn't that why the wolves are surrounding him.

The guys flatout cheating
 

Ryder on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm ET
Can you imagine Anthony Johnson vs Wanderlei Silva. That would be awesome.
 

Dan21MMA on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm ET
Why you such a bitch then crying on a website about him not making weight?
 

Dan21MMA on Oct 27, 2009 at 3:55 pm ET
I don't hear anyone complaining about how GSP weighs in Friday before a fight at 170 and fight night he's at 185.
 

Rizen914 on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm ET
 Come on with the comparisons with GSP he only cuts 15 to 20 pounds.....
 And if AJ would have made weight in the first place we wouldn't be talking..
 

 50 pounds is crazy...........
 

BigWolve on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm ET
word. Cutting from 185 to 170 is common. Cutting from 220 to 176 when you're supposed to make 170 is flat out cheating.

 

edosama1983 on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm ET
actually he's not cutting from 220, he was already down to 190 in the middle of his training camp.. unless those weight he lost were water weights
 

BrassJunkie on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm ET
I'm a fan of Rumble Johnson and see him beating just about everyone at 170 except the champ at the current time. I think Kos, Fitch, or Alves, would give him a tough time but I think he'd pretty much have his way with everyone else. What gets me is the UFC isn't held accountable when it comes to their fighters who go too far to try to make a weight that is unhealthy for them. Anyone cutting 25 or more pounds just seems rediculous. When you hear about a guy having to drop 50 pounds or so to make weight but the fighter doesn't, the "show must go on mentality" may be why some guys are trying to cut so much weight which can be extremely dangerous. They know whether they make it or not, they are still going to fight. I'm not talking about a fat guy who gets in shape and drops alot of weight, I'm talking about guys that put themselves through hell while depleting themselves of proper nutrition to show up so damn weak and malnourished to hop on the scales so they can put themselves through a 3 or 5 round fight the next day. I know it's part of the game because I used to wrestle but one of these days someone is going to go too far and end up screwing up their organs or even worse, end up dead. Does it have to happen before someone does something about it? I sure hope not..
 

EdoKaz818 on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm ET
Rumble move up or shut u. Pathetic ass excuse
 

broncoschamp on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm ET
he should have been fined but he should have still got his 60,000 dollars just for not making weight sh*t happens to alot of fighters all the time he should not have lost 60,000 dollars for that hell Micheal Vick didnt even get fined that much
 

brodds on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm ET
He shouldn't have been allowed to fight.  It's ridiculous that even though he was 5lb overweight he was allowed to go in there and smash poor yoshida's head in.   Yosh should have been given the money which was taken from Johnson for having the balls to face him. I don't dislike Johnson for this, it just seemed to me like Yoshida was always going to get KO'd very quickly, they looked 2 divisions apart in the cage!!
 

Nothingtofear on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm ET
Anthony your fans did not turn on you.  But you can’t seriously expect people to be jumping over the moon when you don’t make weight and then KO your opponent and act overjoyed over it.  Be modest be humble apologize to the fans and your opponent and never let it happen again.  Oh and keep your mouth shut until you fight again
 

norcalfighter on Oct 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm ET
That's a lot of weight to cut.  I think he wants to stay in the welterweight division because he stands a better chance at winning the belt than in the middleweight division where you have guys that are as big or bigger than him.
 

chooch on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:02 pm ET
I hope he continues to make the weight and destroys everyone.And then takes the title.70% of you will be crying about how unfair it is and the rules reguarding cutting weight will still remain unchanged.Bitch all you want.It is what it is.What can we knitpick next??? 
 

edosama1983 on Oct 27, 2009 at 5:17 pm ET
yes, but once he have the title and start to miss weight, he won't have it anymore..

he's a young guy that's still growing, he should move up before he damage his body.
 

BigWolve on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:01 pm ET
Not making weight twice is knitpicking? Dude you obviously never competed as you know not the f**k what you speak of.

Have you played a board game even? Is following the rules knit-picking.

Full R badge for you.
 

chooch on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:33 am ET
Yes,it's knitpicking.It's a non-issue BECAUSE his opponent choose to accept the fight.BECAUSE he was "punished" by loosing 20% of his pay and lost out on 60k.I must have competed to know what I'm talking about?99% of us have never so much as held office as a hall monitor but we educate ourselves in order to have an opinion and even vote in our government.As far as the "rules" go...come on man.He did not cheat.He did not cheat.He did not cheat.By the way,you will see that i never called you any names.And I prefer yatzee.
 

gemmell on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm ET
rumble is a fraud who fights bum's. wait til he steps up against kos.swick.fitch.hardy.daley he will get savaged
 

JohnDoe183874 on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm ET
So exactly how long are the weigh-in's before the fight night?

Now I'm realizing that people are coming into the fight above their actual weight class? I don't comprehend this. What's the point of a weight class if you can come in at 185 in a welterweight fight?
 

headkick on Oct 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm ET
thats apart of being a profesional
 

alchippe441 on Oct 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm ET
He should have learned his lesson the first time he didn't make weight. I believe it was his bout against Rich Climenti.  I know a lot of people look at it and say "oh well, it happens" but the fact of the matter is that he is a professional fighter and it is his job to make weight.  Missing weight one time can be looked past.  But twice? If I were to go to work and repeat my mistakes I would lose my job. Granted what these guys do is extremely difficult but you have to anticipate injuries in this game.  He's cutting from 225 and most likely training twice a day six days a week.  That is poor planning on his part.  I love watching "Rumble" fight but he definitly needs to change his training methods or weight classes.
 

Oggie81 on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:22 pm ET
They should implement a rule for cutting weight.  If you miss weight twice, you can't fight in that division for a year.  Miss weight 3 times and you can never fight in that division again.  Anyone can make a mistake once, but if it happens a 2nd time then something more than just a fine should happen.
 

scotsha on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm ET
Unprofessional and at least Yoshida got paid extra for the advantage.  Stupid for Johnson and he has to be a man of his word and hit 170 next time.  Otherwise I would make him fight Wanderlei Silva at 190 as punishment. 
 

scotsha on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:23 pm ET
Unprofessional and at least Yoshida got paid extra for the advantage.  Stupid for Johnson and he has to be a man of his word and hit 170 next time.  Otherwise I would make him fight Wanderlei Silva at 190 as punishment. 
 

headkick on Oct 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm ET
LOL what a punishment. I gotta give it to rumble on that one though
 

T1 on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:34 pm ET
EVERY fighter cuts weight. Some cut a little, some cut a lot. Wrestlers especially. I don't understand why all of a sudden, everyone is whining about fighters cutting down to smaller weight classes. Whine about Shark being a LW then, Whine about GSP being a WW, Whine about Lesnar being a HW. Cutting weight is a part of the sport. If they can make it, good for them. It's not like Johnson is a repeat offender, it's not like he missed weight for a title fight, why all the hate? He has learned from his one time mistake, and according to him he is taking the appropriate precautions to ensure it never happens again? Is that not enough for you people?

Seriously. some of you find the lamest issues to whine about. Next thing you know someone's going to protest elbows or something.
 

chooch on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:04 am ET
Thank you.
 

delawaremma on Oct 28, 2009 at 4:00 am ET
Amen to that my good sir, Amen.
 

GJP33 on Oct 27, 2009 at 10:59 pm ET
Kudos on the word 'nutrider' Rumble!  Never heard that before! haha
 

platinum on Oct 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm ET
People get a grip AJ does not walk around 220-225 on a regular basis it was due to an injury. He normally walks around at 200lbs wich is no different than Alves. 
 

kais3rboy on Oct 28, 2009 at 9:11 am ET
so your comparing him to Alves, both of whom have missed weight, Alves being a repeat offender?


Bottom line, his frame and build is too big for WW. To make weight everything has to be perfect, his diet, his training, his health. Unfortunately he had an injury which is not at all uncommon when you train for a contact sport. If something knocks him out of his routine, like an injury, he'll either miss weight or be too weak to give 100% for the full fight. This I think is not fair for him, for his opponent, and for the fans if he goes in and fights any less than a 100%.
 

delawaremma on Oct 28, 2009 at 3:53 am ET
I just heard Rumble is fighting koscheck at UFC 106, did anyone else hear this fuk!ing amazing news?
 

Grappler-Gabe on Oct 28, 2009 at 8:18 am ET
Rumble is better than Koscheck at all his strengths.  He should be able to win that fight.
 

ttb on Oct 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm ET
hey same thing happened with alves and 2 or 3 fights later he got a title shot. Rumble's one of my favorites and hopes he does too - just has to make weight!
 

chooch on Oct 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm ET
This should be one hell of a fight!I hope Rumble wins.
 

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