Anthony Johnson Indefinitely Suspended by UFC Following Report of Domestic Incident

September 20, 2014
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Anthony JohnsonFollowing a report that said Anthony Johnson allegedly struck the mother of two of his children and knocked out some of her teeth, the fighter has been indefinitely suspended by the UFC.

Promotional officials made the announcement Friday after an initial report from Bloody Elbow that cited the alleged victim and a police report from a local bureau. The woman’s name was not revealed.

“We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely,” UFC officials wrote in a statement. “We are using a third-party law firm to conduct a formal investigation and once we have more information, we’ll determine whether further course of action is necessary.”

According to the report from the website, Johnson’s alleged victim said the fighter struck her in 2012 and the force of the blow knocked out two of her teeth. The alleged victim also claims that the incident happened at her place of work and that security-camera footage confirms the altercation taking place.

The alleged victim has since engaged in several verbal altercations with the fighter and received threatening phone calls and text messages from people whom she believes to be Johnson’s associates.

The woman recently filed a report with local authorities and, at the suggestion of police, has since secured a restraining order.

Johnson’s attorney denied the allegations made by the alleged victim, and explained that the truth will come out at a pending civil hearing.

“Anthony categorically denies all allegations and looks forward to his court date in the civil matter,” said Frank Smith, attorney for the fighter, adding, “where the truth and lies will be established.”

Johnson was on a career surge before news broke of his alleged domestic issues, winning eight fights in a row, his two latest in a return to the UFC. The fighter had been campaigning for a fight against top contender Alexander Gustafsson, but plans for his next battle in the Octagon will be put on hold until his outside-the-cage problems are resolved.

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  • Chicago

    i believe in innocent until proven guilty, so i will only say that i hope its not true. But if it is…. throw the book at him. And FYI in MY opinion it does not make it worse if it was a man or a woman. I have seen plenty of helpless guys in fights. I would rather fight 2 guys back to back than 1 black girl.

    • Maddawgmar

      That is racist. White girls can fight too…

  • Mark Mason

    Man. A lot of athletes getting busted or being asshole woman beaters or kid beaters lately. If proven guilty they should be banned from the sport for life. F— em.

  • BobGyro

    well when they start throwing stuff at you or they grab a fork or a knife what is a guy supposed to do … knock the bitch out

  • TheCerealKiller

    Two years ago when he was just getting his crap straight… damn. It’s not going to be tolerated anymore. Expect to see a lot more across the sports world for the next few months.

    • Maddawgmar

      It is weird that she took so long to say anything. They said one of his baby mama’s so I assume they aren’t together. Why bring it up now? Why not before? Maybe custody battle and she needs ammo, or now that he is bringing in money, she wants a cut.

      • TheCerealKiller

        It’s not weird, it’s the norm that needs to stop!

    • james j

      Good call.

  • Darin

    This is getting weird. All of a sudden all these black pro athletes are beating up women? After everyone calling for Goodell’s head, organizations are dropping the axe on anyone that is charged with anything resembling domestic violence before the guy even gets his due process.

    Did Johnson have any injuries? Why does no one ask if it was self defense? Even pro fighters are allowed to defend themselves from attack.

    • Maddawgmar

      This is different though. The UFC is letting him have his due process, and if nothing comes of it, then they most likely will activate him. It’s not like it is a revocation of his contract. But be sure if he is found guilty, bam see ya, fight in the street scene.

    • George Sperry

      Is war machine black?

    • TheCerealKiller

      He’s not missing anything, he doesn’t have a fight scheduled.

  • Guest

    Let me preface this by saying that hitting women isn’t ok, unless in cases of self-defense. I am in no way condoning abuse of any kind. If the precedent gets set that situations like this can cause someone to either be suspended indefinitely or terminated from their employment, it’s going to cause a ripple effect going down the ladder to where someone who gets a bench warrant for an unpaid parking ticket and winds up in jail gets fired from their job at mcdonalds. Whether innocent or guilty, we can’t allow due process to be superseded by moral outrage. I will agree, there are many cases where for due process to be allowed to occur an individual may need to be removed from the situation or their workplace temporarily, however the workplace cannot act as the moral authority and make determinations when the law doesn’t. If the UFC suspends Rumble for a period that affects his ability to earn a livable income, he can likely sue for breach of contract if it turns out that nothing comes of these allegations. Similar to how Ray Rice is going to win his appeal since his wife said she was asking for it and refused to press charges, even when coerced by the police.Rumble will likely fight in 3-4 months, and if he doesn’t, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him released to avoid breach of contract and end up in Spikeforce.

  • jim

    BULLCHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was 2 years ago, who gives a chit!! Are we now on a domestic violence which hunt like the NFL??

    • TheCerealKiller

      It’s witch hunt. Anyways, you must be the guy that doesn’t pay people back after a year because that was so long ago.

      • Black

        You really are a smug turd with all the answers. You’d make a great judge on a kangaroo court. Yes domestic violence exists. So do false accusations. That’s why we have a legal system which is used to sort through the evidence presented by BOTH sides. We don’t convict people on the word of one party.

        • TheCerealKiller

          I’m not convicting anyone. It says it happened at her work place and there is security video evidence. IF there is a video, he’s guilty. I don’t think that should mean he loses his job, but he should spend some time in jail as anyone else would.

          • Sir_Roy

            How is sending someone to jail better than losing his job … and in which world does the one happen without the other … ?

            Domestic violence is ugly, Any unprovoked violence is ugly, regardless which sex is the aggressor and which the victim. But too many men are condemned by vindictive, disgruntled and dishonest women who just want to cause damage any which way they can while cleaning their hands of any wrongdoing (most of the time, it takes two to get so far gone).

            Psychological and emotional abuse are also real – and many women (and men) are masters at it.

            I say wait for the content of the purported video to become clear, along with what provoked (should the violence be legitimate) before condemning. Despite media trying to feed us blanket comments like “there’s NEVER any reason to hit a woman” (as though men need to be excluded from such a statement cuz we can be hit just fine right?), fact is, there are reasons – self defense is one of them should the woman’s aggression not be containable and / or the man cannot just walk away (which should prove admittedly rare). Woman comes at me with a bat (for example), and I cannot run away in time, guess what, kid gloves are coming off …

  • Oh weird–Muaythai4life isn’t so quick to emerge from the wood work in defense of Silva now. I didn’t see that coming!?!

  • Boomboom1234

    If a women is coming at you with punches, kicks, biting, scratches etc etc. You have every right to “KNOCK HER THE F— OUT”.

  • Mark McDowall

    I believe that any violence against women is inexcusable. But I also believe that with all of the stuff that has come out of the NFL recently…I feel that we are going to see alot more of this stuff come out across all sports. I don’t see that the seasons changing is making men angry so they beat their women. Not saying it isn’t happening…but if this happened 2 years ago….why bring it up now? What does it achieve by bringing it up now?? Seems to me like the baby momma is looking for a few bucks…

  • julian moran

    2 years ago? While he was probably not even under ufc contract..
    If you dig up enough you’ll find that every ufc fighter has done something wrong at some point in the past; should they all be released?

    • uncle

      It’s no about the past, When you work for a big company all eye’s are on you. So you need to make good decisions. And to me it sounds like your trying to make good excuses.

    • Seth

      Yeah…its sad, same was with that Aussie kid on TUF and some time ago – kill me, I can’t recall his name – for what he did while he was in the army. Its sad they are digging stuff up, but it’s their company and they may not want to be represented by people with past like that… : /

      • uncle

        Exactly… I’m OK with background checks
        a company need to have values and principals. You don’t want women beaters
        rapist and child molesters being the face of MMA. UFC probably should start doing
        more background checks before they hire

    • TheCerealKiller

      Of course you thing time makes it go away. You think it’s okay to make fun of special needs kids.

    • Muaythai4life

      No. If you dig up the past of every UFC fighter you will probably NOT find out that they knocked the teeth out of their children’s mothers. Now I feel A. Johnson should have his day, and that he’s innocent until proven guilty, but I strongly disagree that you will find equivalent issues with all UFC fighters

  • uncle

    I’m really rooting for Gus to beat him down now.

  • james j


  • Get2DaChoppa

    These acts of violence are horrible but does anyone else find it strange that there seems to be an increase in media reported acts of domestic violence recently? It seems that the media is on a mission to report current and previous acts of domestic violence that include a professional athlete. Again, I’m not saying that these acts are deplorable, I’m just not sure how I feel about the timing and therefore the motive of the outlet reporting the criminal acts.

    • ac

      That’s how modern news and entertainment industries work. They find an angle that works and then they flog it tirelessly until the next one comes up.

  • Sir_Roy

    Wondering if this case is simply “ongoing” or whether the victim brought it up now that Johnson is experiencing some monetary & commercial success? Read the article quickly. Would be an interesting question to clear up.

    Feels like someone might have come sniffing up a paycheck they didn’t end up getting … Regardless, I believe firmly in innocent until proven otherwise. There are as many vindictive, evil women in the world as there are violent, evil men. Just saying.

    • uncle

      Sir Jacka** which part you didn’t understand?
      footage confirms the altercation taking place.

      • Bandwagon

        Have you seen the footage then? Because this article says, the ex says the footage confirms it!! Doesn’t mean it actually does confirm it or even that there is any. It doesn’t say the police have seen it! Doesn’t say the UFC have seen it! It certainly doesn’t say “keyboard warrior uncle has seen the footage” I’d hold off on calling someone a jack ass until all evidence is made public knowledge.

        • uncle

          You’re right! this lady should
          have said something about
          the footage when it happened.
          If she was threatened I can see
          the hesitation for not speaking about it sooner.

          • You hopped right on that bandwagon pretty quickly, huh?

          • uncle

            If I were you I would leave those
            jokes to Bob Saget.

          • It’s not my fault you implied the pun. You literally jumped on the bandwagon, going from being a complete douche bag and then almost immediately changing your skin the second you got called into question and realized you were an idiot. Pretty cool though how you upvote your own comments.

          • uncle

            I wouldn’t call it changing skin.
            Consider it a moral response
            So you like fetus sandwiches
            I bet you also like to lick popsicles
            that are d*ck flavor.

          • Zing! I love how the first thing that comes to your mind when visiting a news site covering shirtless, sweaty men are penises. Sprinkle in some wild illiteracy and voila–your very own slice of down syndrome and embarrassment!?!

          • uncle

            Which cracker jack box did you
            get your P.H.D from to analyze

  • burgman7

    wow I beat Jones and the other top five guys are breathing a sigh of relief. This guy is a wrecking machine and will slaughter them all. Only cormier would stand a chance with him due to his superior light heavyweight wrestling skills.

  • greaterworks

    If we were to dig up what fighters have done wrong at some point in their lives, there would be near none left in the ufc.

  • Corey Hutton

    The UFC is now as sad and pathetic as the NFL and America in general.

  • Kris-tyahn

    I really don’t understand all this BS! So things that people did last year, two years ago or 4 years ago which was never brht up until now, can still come back and bite a person/athlete in the ass?!? Had this occured a couple months ago, then I would agree suspend him indefinitely, but this occured almost 3 years ago, and she’s only bringing this up now?!? Why now? B/C he’s receiving plenty of attention & I’m sure his bank account is only getting fatter. Same goes for Adrian Peterson, the stupid crap that he did to his 4 yr old son occured a year or two ago, so why is it now, that the child’s mother is only bringing it up now?!? Makes no sense, unless it has to do with $$$$, which I think is the ONLY reason these women are speaking about it now. If that was my son, there’s not a chance I’m waiting a day to report the assault/abbuse, let alone a year or years later.
    BTW: Johnson wasn’t even with the UFC at the time of the “alleged” incident, so why is this even an issue now?!? Regardless of why the childs mother says it took this long to show the police, if it wasn’t reported within a couple of days, weeks or months, then why now?? Me thinks Johnson’s accuser has been watching TV/Adrian Peterson’s case/situation. I just think it’s pretty suspicious that these women have waited years to report the “abuse.”

    • james j

      It has to do with sponsor $

  • james j

    Back to Bellator