Anthony Johnson has the most important weigh-in of his career on Friday.
If he misses weight for his UFC 172 co-main event bout with Phil Davis, don’t expect Johnson to ever get another shot at returning to the Octagon.
Having missed weight three times during his prior UFC tenure, and then once again in his first fight outside the UFC, Johnson has run out of second chances with UFC president Dana White.
“If he doesn't make weight this time, I promise you he'll never be back in the UFC,” White said at Thursday’s UFC 172 Ultimate Media Day.
Of course, when Johnson fought for the UFC in the past, he was trying to make welterweight and then middleweight (170 and 185 pounds respectively). After missing weight in his Titan FC debut after he exited the UFC, Johnson shifted his strategy and moved up.
He is currently on a six-fight winning streak, having fought most of those bouts at light heavyweight. So far, making 205 pounds doesn’t seem to be as troubling for Johnson as were the lower weight classes, and White certainly hopes that trend continues on Friday.
“I hope he makes weight,” said White on Thursday. “I wish he was 205 (pounds) today.”
If he’s not, don’t expect to see Johnson back after Saturday night’s fight. But his last few weigh-ins outside the UFC have shown that it shouldn’t be a factor.