It looks like Anthony Johnson's weight-cutting issues have finally caught up to him.
Vitor Belfort was victorious tonight in front of a hometown crowd, submitting Johnson with a first-round rear-naked choke.
The bout was scheduled to take place in the middleweight division but was officially changed to a catchweight match when Johnson weighed in a shocking 11 pounds over the limit, at 197 pounds instead of the max of 186.
This marked the third time that Johnson has come in overweight for a fight, the crazy part of the whole thing being that Johnson had moved up to middleweight from welterweight in order to fix his issues with weight-cutting.
Evidently, Johnson became careless when preparing for this fight, assuming that it would be an easy cut to make, and was wrong. Either that or he was just physically unable to do it.
This seeming lack of judgment may have caused Johnson the fight, as he came out aggressively but seemed to tire quickly.
Needlessly to say, UFC President Dana White was less than impressed with Johnson's lack of professionalism.
Given that Johnson lost and looked generally unimpressive in the fight, there is a good chance White will make good on his threat to release the once promising contender.
It would be a shame to see such a talented fighter cast out from the UFC, but Johnson has no one but himself to blame if that ends up being the case.
Possibly Johnson's only saving grace could be that he was medically advised to rehydrate before the weigh-ins, at which time he weighed somewhere around 186 lbs.
Whether or not that will be enough to save his UFC career, only time will tell.
Stay tuned to Bleacher Report as more develops.
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