Anthony Johnson (20-4) is set to make his return to the UFC, at light heavyweight, this Saturday at UFC 172 against Phil Davis (12-1, 1 NC), However one question that continues to haunt and follow the 30 year old throughout his career, is his previous issues with weight cutting.
Weighing in at 177lb and 176lb, in two welterweight bouts, and 197lb for his middleweight debut, Johnson was eventually cut after missing weight for the 3rd time in his UFC career. Johnson is still on thin ice in terms of any weight issues, according to UFC President Dana White, who told reporters–during the UFC 172 media scrum–that if he misses weight, he’s never going to be given another chance to fight in the promotion.
“If he [Johnson] doesn’t make weight this time, I promise you he’ll never be back in the UFC,” said Dana White.
Dana also detailed why they decided to bring “Rumble” back into the organization, after he went 6-0 outside fighting in promotions such as Titan FC and WSOF.
“I think we needed a guy to fight Phil Davis is the way that it worked out. He’s wanted to get back into the UFC, he’s an exciting fighters, he’s one of those kill or be killed type guys. I’ve always liked him, as a person and as a fighter, so he’s gonna get another shot. It’s a big shot for him, Saturday night is a big deal for him.”
Now fighting at light heavyweight, the Blackzillians’ fighter should have no problem making weight–as he has done so in his previous 5 bouts outside of the UFC. Although Dana White admits he is still nervous when it comes to trusting Johnson on the scale.
“I hope he makes weight. I wish he was 205 today,” White laughed.
Anthony Johnson had to constantly fight not only his opponents, but a bigger battle in his weight cut to make the 170lb limit, admitted that he should’ve been fighting at 205 lbs two years ago. With his weight issues behind him, Johnson is set to return and hope to make a run in the light heavyweight division.