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Today we're bringing you a look back to bizarre and brutal event that was UFC 142.
- Despite Jose Aldo defending his title, the most noteworthy takeaway from Saturday night was the abrupt downfall of Anthony Johnson. On the most important weekend of his professional career, the 27-year-old missed weight by an astounding 11 pounds, leading to this interaction between an equally disappointed Dana White and disgusted Vitor Belfort.
- Because of Vitor's insistence that he was a "professional," the fight was instead held at a catchweight and "Rumble" was required to weigh-in several times on fight day, the last of which was caught on camera by the UFC.
- Of course, it would all be for naught. Likely drained from the experience, Johnson became clearly fatigued early in the first round and eventually succumbed to a late rear-naked choke. Afterward, he was cut from the UFC.
- Suffice to say, it was not a good 24 hours for Rumble. Or, as MMA Fighting's Ben Fowlkes penned, the punishment for Anthony Johnson's lack of professionalism perfectly fits the crime.
- Meanwhile, Belfort was overjoyed to have overcome such hardship in front of his fellow countrymen.
- Johnson's weight problems aside, the fact remains that Jose Aldo turned in the what was easily the most impressive performance of his life, knocking out Chad Mendes with a furious knee in waning seconds of round one.
- Just in case you missed the action, check out the video highlights here.
- Afterward, Aldo spoke at length about the victory and his unexpected post-fight celebration in the stands.
A few other notable tidbits from the card:
- Erick Silva was absolutely robbed by referee Mario Yamasaki, turning would should have been a dominant first-round TKO win into a disqualification loss due to illegal blows to the back of Carlo Prater's head.
- Thiago Tavares, Yuri Alcantara, Mike Pyle, and Gabriel Gonzaga all tasted the sweet fruits of victory on the UFC's inaugural FX-broadcast undercard.
- Edson Barboza did this.
(via Zombie Prophet of Iron Forges Iron)
- Unsurprisingly, for the first spinning wheel kick knockout in UFC history, the young Brazilian earned $130,000 in bonus cash.
- And of course, our own Luke Thomas recapped all the action on 106.7 The Fan's MMA Nation Radio.
- Finally, with UFC 142 in the books, we'll take a quick look ahead to the next major pay-per-view on the horizon -- UFC 143, Carlos Condit vs. Nick Diaz for the interim welterweight title.