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Johnson's job is on the line - White

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Rumble Johnson failed to make weight on Friday © Getty Images
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UFC president Dana White has confirmed a decision about Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson's future in the sport will be made after his fight with Vitor Belfort - whether he wins or not.

Johnson invoked the ire of White after failing to meet the weight for the UFC 142 middleweight contest against Belfort - coming in a staggering 11lbs over the 186lb limit on Friday.

Johnson moved up to the division after also struggling to make weight as a welterweight - and White said it was "absolute unprofessionalism" that saw the issue once again catch him out at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

"His job is on the line," White said. "His job is absolutely on the line, win or lose.

"Complete and absolute unprofessionalism - that's what happened. There's no other way it can be explained."

However, Johnson's team had a different opinion - with manager Glenn Robinson claiming the fighter was forced to take on a lot of fluids by a doctor after falling ill in the hours before the weigh-in.

"They called in the local doctor, who made him drink a bunch of fluids to see if that made him feel better," Robinson told MMAjunkie. "About an hour later he started feeling better. By the time he started feeling better, it was an hour to weigh-ins ... There was no time to shed the weight."

Johnson echoed that version of events on his Facebook page, although the bullish statement was subsequently removed.

"Yeah it was for medical reason and I did what the UFC Dr told me to do," he said. "Say what you want I'm still gonna do my thang. You try not having feeling in your legs and can't move then and see how you look at life after that."

The fight against Belfort will still go ahead as expected - as long as Johnson weighs less than 205lbs when the two fighters enter the Octagon on Saturday.

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