Healthy UFC Fight Night 24 co-headliner Anthony Johnson staying at 170 pounds

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3/22/11 10:03:44AM
As part of his current 16-month layoff, Anthony Johnson wrestled with both his weight and a lack of attention.

He admits his knee surgery and a subsequent layoff had him feeling down, and the welterweight gained noticeable weight in the process.

But Johnson (8-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who returns to action Saturday to meet Dan Hardy (23-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in a UFC Fight Night 24 co-headliner, said his previous comments about a possible move to middleweight never were serious. Instead, he simply needed some attention.

"When I said I was thinking about going to 185, I just did that to get everyone talking," Johnson, who fights Hardy on the Spike TV-televised main card at Seattle's KeyArena, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) during a recent media call. "It worked obviously.

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