Last week, here at Caged Insider, we reported that the UFC was conducting an investigation of light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson.
Johnson had posted a bizarre rant regarding a female patron at a gym, who had frustrated him into tossing her yoga mat — or something.
The 31 year old Johnson has been dogged by allegations of domestic violence in recent years, including one case which led to a no contest plea in 2010. More recently, Johnson was suspended by the UFC due to a criminal complaint — but was later reinstated, as charges were dismissed.
This latest case looked like it could spell the end of Johnson’s days with the UFC.
However, last night, the promotion released a statement revealing that — while “extremely disappointed,” Johnson will not receive a suspension over the incident.
Here is their statement in full, including a shill for Johnson’s next bout:
Following a thorough investigation by a third-party law firm, UFC® is extremely disappointed with Anthony Johnson’s recent actions, as the organization does not tolerate behavior of this nature from any athletes under contract with the UFC. Johnson personally apologized to the woman he verbally offended at a Florida gym last week and for the insensitive comments he made on social media afterwards. The woman accepted Johnson’s apology and indicated a desire to put this unfortunate matter behind them. In order to ensure these situations do not happen in the future, Johnson has agreed to participate in counseling and UFC will support him through this process. Johnson has also agreed to make a donation to a Florida-based women’s charity.
Johnson will face Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191®: JOHNSON vs. DODSON 2 on Saturday, September 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And that’s the end of the story — for now…