When Anthony Johnson of all individuals has one thing destructive to say a couple of fighter’s weight lower, it’s probably the signal of an issue.
Johnson (23-6 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), a present Bellator fighter, is maybe some of the notorious names in MMA historical past in relation to botched weight cuts. His repeated failures to make the contracted weight in the end led to a launch from his first stint with the UFC, and “Rumble” wonders if Paulo Costa is about to satisfy the identical destiny.
Costa’s (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) weight lower has been the speak of UFC Fight Night 196 struggle week. He was initially presupposed to struggle Marvin Vettori (17-5-1 MMA, 7-3-1 UFC) within the middleweight headliner, however the state of affairs has progressively unwinded with the struggle being bumped as much as 195 kilos, then in the end 205 kilos. Costa claims he was 211 kilos when he arrived in Las Vegas for the ESPN+ streamed struggle on the UFC Apex, and countless drama has adopted.
Vettori has been recreation all the way in which, taking the modifications in weight class in stride. Costa has acquired a ton of backlash from the MMA neighborhood, although, and Johnson is the newest to chime in.
Johnson is aware of he was removed from excellent. He was compelled to maneuver from welterweight to middleweight and nonetheless got here in heavy earlier than lastly leaping as much as mild heavyweight – and even dabbling at heavyweight. However, he mentioned Costa’s actions are past the scope (by way of Instagram tales):
“I missed weight 3 times while fighting for UFC,” Johnson wrote. “Even if I knew it could be a wrestle I’d nonetheless attempt to make the burden and never be a b*tch and attempt to do catch(weight) outta the blue cuz I used to be lazy. Costa desires the celebrity and glory with out placing within the work. Bash me all you need however 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 Fight Night 196 official weigh-ins start at 11 a.m. ET. MMA Junkie will likely be on-site with a dwell stream of the festivities.