UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (pictured) is ready to rumble again. Nearly two months after indefinitely suspending Johnson when the mother of his two children alleged he knocked out her two front teeth two years ago, the UFC lifted their ban Thursday after civil charges against Johnson were dismissed.
“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,” the UFC expressed in a statement. “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.”
Johnson’s ex initially claimed the assault occurred at her place of employment and that she has the surveillance video in her possession as proof.
This wasn’t the first time Johnson has allegedly been involved in a physical altercation with a female. He was arrested in 2009 for domestic violence, battery, death threats and destroying a phone to prevent the report of a crime with a different female.
Johnson was sentenced to three years probation, community service and forced to attend domestic violence counseling after pleading nolo contendere.
Johnson has been relatively quiet since his latest incident came to light, but took to his official Facebook page to profess his innocence after his suspension.
“The sh** ppl will say and the lengths ppl will go just to tell a F****** lie is ridiculous,” he wrote. “That’s all I’m going to say and thank you all for the support and positive feedback that I’m getting.”
Before Johnson’s ban, there was chatter he could meet top contender Alexander Gustafsson, with the winner earning a crack at the crown. Gustafsson is still waiting for his next assignment.
Johnson has rattled off eight straight wins, with his last two coming under the UFC’s watch.