Anthony Johnson is all clear to resume his career with the UFC. | Photo: Dave Mandel
On Thursday, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White revealed that a civil lawsuit against Anthony Johnson has been dismissed, thus allowing the light heavyweight to resume fighting immediately.
In September news broke that the mother of Johnson’s children had sought a restraining order against him due to alleged threats and abuse. In the filed police report, the unnamed woman also claimed she had two of her teeth knocked out during a physical altercation with “Rumble” in 2012.
Here is the full statement the UFC released on Thursday addressing the issue:
“The person who filed a civil temporary protection order against UFC contender Anthony Johnson last September voluntarily dismissed their complaint last week in the Florida Circuit Court. Before granting a dismissal of the case, the presiding judge independently questioned the alleging party regarding their voluntary intentions, and thereafter the judge dismissed the entire matter.
The dismissal of the case, along with an independent investigation that was commissioned by the UFC organization, brings closure to this matter for Johnson and allows him to return to competition in the UFC. As a result, UFC officials are exploring options for Johnson’s next fight to take place early next year.
The UFC organization will not tolerate domestic violence, sexual assault or any other violation of its Code of Conduct. The organization is committed to thoroughly investigating all allegations and taking the appropriate action when warranted.”
Johnson was last seen inside the Octagon against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on Fox 12, winning his eighth consecutive fight, second since returning to the UFC. Sherdog.com currently places Johnson at number five on its 205-pound divisional rankings.