UFC welterweight Anthony “Rumble” Johnson could be headed to the middleweight division if preliminary plans to move up come to fruition. Johnson’s manager Ken Pavia of MMA Agents told MMAjunkie.com that a persistent knee issue stemming from surgery has made it difficult to stay near the welterweight range.
Johnson had gained some steam with a recent three fight KO/TKO win streak but that was put to a halt when #1 contender Josh Koscheck submitted him back at UFC 106. Even before the loss, Johnson’s weight issues had been a hot topic. He’s known for cutting a massive amount of weight before fights and missed the limit by five pounds when weighing in for a match against Yoshiyuki Yoshida in October of ’09. With many fans calling for his move up to a more natural weight class, such as middleweight (185 lbs.) Johnson’s camp could appease many with taking a heavier fight.
As for the knee, it seems to be coming along slowly and only time will tell if the fighter goes back under the knife or fully rehabs what has been a nagging injury.