‘Rumble’ Johnson Directs Facebook Rant at Woman After Gym Altercation, Then Apologizes

By Tristen Critchfield Aug 19, 2015
Anthony Johnson apologized on Wednesday for an angry Facebook post. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Anthony Johnson recently took to social media to rant at a women from his gym who apparently attempted to stretch in an area where the UFC fighter was lifting weights.

BloodyElbow.com was able to capture a screenshot of Johnson’s post before it was deleted from the light heavyweight contender’s profile. Johnson’s full post is as follows:

To the ugly girl in the gym built like a bag of dog food, this is for you. If you get in my way or any other [athlete’s] way again I’ll throw your yoga mat across the gym AGAIN.

Who in their right mind stretches where [people] are supposed to lift? Don’t ever run your mouth at me again you won’t win that battle I will. Talking about it was rude that I lifted next to you while you were stretching. You need more than stretching to help that beat up body.

Run to the front desk again crying talking about you feel [threatened] and gonna go to social media. I really don’t care! I’ve been through worse!

That’s [an] athlete’s gym not a yoga studio. That fake crying does nothing for anybody btw. Just like the guy said you live in his neighborhood and you exaggerate and overreact all the time.

So one more time don’t run your mouth and don’t do yoga stretching where [people] lift weights or I’ll snatch the mat from under you AGAIN and throw it AGAIN.

Understand? Good girl...

One more thing stop wearing sports bras when your tummy look like [an] old country red clay dirt road.

While “Rumble” removed the Facebook post, he essentially confirmed the altercation during a Twitter conversation on Tuesday.

“I do my best [to stay classy] but when [people] do dumb s--t it annoys me. I only told the short version. I skip the part when she was talking s--t to me before I got up and threw the yoga mat,” he wrote. “Nobody fell down or got hurt or [threatened] anyone. I would never let it go there.”

On Wednesday, Johnson again took to Facebook, this time to apologize for his actions.

“I shouldn’t have gotten that upset from the start but I did, I mean I’m human,” Johnson wrote. “I said some pretty nasty things about a female from my gym while full of emotions (not a good idea) so I do wanna apologize to her for being rude as I was and not taking a break to relax after our argument.

“Sorry to everyone else too for having to witness me getting upset about a argument in the gym. I’m not going to sugarcoat it and make it seem like I’m a angel because I’m not but I will admit when I’m wrong. Other than that I hope everybody has a awesome day.”

Johnson, who is slated to face Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191 on Sept. 5, has a history of domestic violence allegations. He was suspended indefinitely by the UFC in late 2014 after the mother of two of the fighter’s children filed a police report alleging that she was receiving death threats from Johnson’s friends. In the report, she also claimed that Johnson knocked out two of her teeth when he hit her in the face in 2012.

The Blackzilians member was reinstated by the UFC in November 2014 when the complaint against Johnson was dismissed in Florida Circuit Court. The organization also claimed to have conducted its own independent investigation into the matter.

Johnson was also arrested in 2009 following an altercation with a different woman. He was charged with domestic violence, battery, death threats and destroying a phone to prevent the report of a crime. Johnson would plead “nolo contendere” in 2010 to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and was sentenced to three years probation, community service and domestic violence counseling.

Johnson has fought twice since his reinstatement, knocking out Alexander Gustafsson in a No. 1 contender’s bout at UFC on Fox 14 before losing to Daniel Cormier in a 205-pound title clash at UFC 187 on May 23.


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