The legal complaint filed against UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson has been dismissed, according to UFC officials.
Johnson had been indefinitely suspended pending the outcome of legal proceedings against him and an independent investigation into the charges commissioned by the UFC.
According to a report originally unearthed by Bloody Elbow, Johnson was alleged to have struck a woman in 2012 and the force of the blow knocked out two of her teeth. The alleged victim also claimed that the incident happened at her place of work and that security-camera footage confirmed that the altercation took place.
The alleged victim has since engaged in several verbal altercations with the Johnson and received threatening phone calls and text messages from people whom she believed to be Johnson’s associates.
The person who filed a civil temporary protection order against Johnson last September voluntarily dismissed the complaint last week in the Florida Circuit Court, according to UFC officials. 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.
According to the UFC, “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.”
Though there were no details of potential opponents revealed, Johnson had been expected to fight Alexander Gustafsson when the charges against him derailed that fight. Gustafsson still has not lined up a new opponent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the UFC returns to the original plan of pitting the two together.