Written by: James Maldonado
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is set to make his middleweight debut against the Brazilian striker, Vitor Belfort (20-9 MMA, 9-5 UFC) at UFC 142 in Brazil. Johnson wrote in a twitter message “Ppl question why the move to 185? 1st its a challenge, 2nd because I want to, 3rd why not? What is life without challenges and trying something new? Life would be boring then!!! 170 is Still my home’’
This is a big test for Johnson, and if he can get past Belfort he’ll definitely be able to create some waves at 185 lbs. This move has been discussed for some time, given Johnsons history with making weight. He’s probably the biggest 170 pounder around and will even probably be one of the larger middleweights. For the rest of the UFC 142 rumors, check it out after the jump.
UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil*
145lb Champion Jose Aldo vs Chad Mendes
Vitor Belfort vs Anthony Johnson
*at this time, the card hasn’t been officially announced and is subject to change