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Friday, January 13, 2012
Anthony Johnson 11 pounds overweight

By Franklin McNeil
ESPN.com

Looking bigger and fresher than ever one day before a fight inside the octagon, Anthony Johnson stepped onto the scale Friday with a huge smile on his face.

The reason for his smile became evident when his weight was revealed: Johnson tipped the scale at a whopping 197 pounds, 11 pounds over the required limit for a nontitle middleweight fight.

Despite Johnson's inability to make weight for his 185-pound debut, the UFC 142 bout is expected to go forward.

Johnson must not weigh more than 205 pounds before stepping into the cage Saturday night for his co-feature showdown with Vitor Belfort (186 pounds) at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Struggling to make weight isn't new to Johnson, who has competed at welterweight. He failed to make the 170-pound limit at UFC 104 in October 2009, tipping the scale at 176.

Johnson would go on to knock out Yoshiyuki Yoshida in the first round.

Aside from Johnson, every other fighter on the card made their required weight.

In the main event, featherweight champion Jose Aldo had no difficulty making his fight official. The titleholder weighed 145 pounds.

"This is my home country and I am going to do my best for everyone here," Aldo said.

His challenger Chad Mendes came in at a solid 144 pounds.

Rousimar Palhares (186) and Mike Massenzio (184) will square off in a middleweight bout.

Welterweights Erick Silva (169) and Carlos Prater (170), and lightweights Edson Barboza (154) and Terry Etim (155) complete the main card.

Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.