UFC Releases Statement Regarding Michael Johnson, Layoff Due to “Domestic Dispute”
By FCF Staff
When Michael Johnson fights Edson Barboza on February 22nd, nearly a year will have gone by since he competed last, and the UFC has released a statement explaining why.
Johnson hasn’t fought since March, 2014, when he scored a unanimous decision win over Melvin Guillard. According to a statement from the UFC, an “arrest regarding a domestic dispute” in April, is the reason why.
Here is the complete statement:
UFC lightweight Michael Johnson was ineligible to compete in the UFC organization following his arrest regarding a domestic dispute in Palm Beach County, Florida in April 2014. Given that the allegations against Johnson constituted a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Johnson from competition pending the completion of a third-party investigation. Following a thorough review and investigation—including personal interviews with Johnson and independent confirmation that he has satisfied all obligations required by the UFC—Johnson is once again eligible to compete and will begin training for his next fight at UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Teixeira in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The UFC will continue to monitor Johnson’s status. He must fully comply with the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and all other contractual and additional obligations in order to continue competing in the UFC.
All UFC athletes are required to comply with the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy they signed along with their fight contract. The UFC organization will not tolerate any violation of its Fighter Conduct Policy. The organization is committed to thoroughly investigating all allegations and taking the appropriate action when warranted.
According to a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, Johnson was arrested and charged with one count of charge of ”Battery – Touch or strike”. No other details have been made available by authorities.
The 28 year-old Johnson is currently riding a three fight win streak and is ranked #12 in the promotion’s 155 division.