‘Even I didn’t make up excuses’

When Anthony Johnson of all individuals has something unfavorable to state about a fighter’s weight cut, it’s most likely the indication of an issue.

Johnson (23-6 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 1-0 BMMA), an existing Bellator fighter, is possibly among the most notorious names in mixed martial arts history when it pertains to messed up weight cuts. His consistently failures to make the contracted weight eventually resulted in a release from his very first stint with the UFC, and “Rumble” questions if Paulo Costa will fulfill the very same fate.

Costa’s (13-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 5-1 UFC) weight cut has actually been the talk of UFC Battle Night 196 battle week. He was initially expected to combat Marvin Vettori (17-5-1 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 7-3-1 UFC) in the middleweight headliner, however the scenario has gradually unwinded with the battle being bumped as much as 195 pounds, then eventually 205 pounds. Costa declares he was 211 pounds when he got here in Las Vegas for the ESPN+ streamed battle at the UFC Pinnacle, and unlimited drama has actually followed.

Vettori has actually been video game all the method, taking the modifications in weight class in stride. Costa has actually gotten a lots of reaction from the mixed martial arts neighborhood, however, and Johnson is the current to chime in.

Johnson understands he was far from ideal. He was required to move from welterweight to middleweight and still was available in heavy prior to lastly leaping up to light heavyweight – and even messing around at heavyweight. Nevertheless, he stated Costa’s actions are beyond the scope (by means of Instagram stories):

“I missed weight 3 times while fighting for UFC,” Johnson composed. “Even if I knew it would be a struggle I’d still try and make the weight and not be a b*tch and try to do catch(weight) outta the blue cuz I was lazy. Costa wants the fame and glory without putting in the work. Bash me all you want but even I didn’t make up excuses or cop out.

“If he fights 205 just stay there. That way there’s no more excuses and nobody will see how lazy he is. Trust me going up in weight is much better and makes life easier.”

UFC Battle Night 196 main weigh-ins start at 11 a.m. ET. Mixed martial arts Addict will be on-site with a live stream of the celebrations.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.