UFC’s Anthony Johnson Returning to Octagon After Civil Case Dismissed
By FCF Staff
Anthony Johnson has been cleared to return to the Octagon, after a civil case against the light-heavyweight was reportedly dismissed recently in Florida.
The fighter hadn’t been booked for his next fight by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, after news of the case and allegations of domestic violence surfaced. On Thursday, however, the promotion released the following statement:
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 is coming off a first round, KO win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in July, and has won 8 straight fights.