UFC Reinstates Michael Johnson Following Ineligibility Due to April Arrest

December 30, 2014
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Michael Johnson recently landed a spot opposite Edson Barboza in the UFC Fight Night 61 co-main event on Feb. 22 in Brazil.

Despite riding a three-fight winning streak, it will, however, have been nearly a year since he last fought by the time Johnson steps into the Octagon in Porto Alegre. And now we know why.

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Michael Johnson 2014 MugshotJohnson has been ineligible for the largest part of 2014 due to having been arrested for his involvement in a domestic dispute in Florida, according to UFC officials. Johnson was arrested by Delray Beach police and booked on April 9 on a charge of Battery – Strike or Touch, according to Palm Beach County, Fla. arrest records. He was later released on a $1,000 bond.

“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,” read a UFC statement on Monday.

“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.”

Johnson last fought in March, when he defeated Melvin Guillard. That victory came on the heels of back-to-back wins over Joe Lauzon and Gleison Tibau. A victory over Barboza in Brazil would likely put Johnson in the mix of lightweight contender talk.

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  • Darin

    How is it that the Jones/Cormier presser fight was not also a violation of this fighter conduct policy? There must be a clause in there excusing it if it helps sell a fight.

    • Seth

      They were “punished” by Nevada AC, right? And it’s nothing new that Main Eventers can do more than others.

    • cheflacsto

      You are comparing apples and oranges. A man hitting a woman during a domestic dispute, and a couple of guys shoving each other at a press conference. While I don’t usually agree with Seth he is spot on here, they were sent to the NSAC and the punishment was handed out there.

      • Darin

        I didn’t say it was the same thing, I’m saying they are both violations of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. Hell, Johnson was barred from fighting due simply to allegations. Jones and Cormier are on video, they have no defense. Yet, the UFC not only did nothing to stop them from fighting, it has repeatedly USED that violation to PROMOTE their fight! This is encouraging other fighters to follow their example. When Jones was unable to fight Cormier the first time it was scheduled due to injury, Gustaffson should have been put back in place as the challenger. But the UFC isn’t about to blow the opportunity to cash in on the hype generated by Jones and Cormier tearing apart a stage.

        The bottom line is this: Every time I read some press release from the UFC stating a fighter is being punished for some perceived moral or legal offense I have to laugh. The only morality Dana and the boyz know is that cash is king. So be it. But at least have the balls to admit that that is what you’re all about. Don’t pretend to be all about keeping your guys in line and pushing them to be good representatives of the sport. That’s just hypocritical.

  • Wait … Jon Jones driving recklessly while intoxicated — with his underaged mistress in his motor vehicle — is not a violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy? Must be good conduct according to Uncle Dana.