One day after unleashing an agressive social media rant on a “ugly” girl at his gym, only to delete the post shortly later, UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson (pictured) has apologized.
“I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong and yesterday I was absolutely wrong,” Johnson wrote Wednesday on Facebook.
Johnson was irate because the woman was stretching on her yoga mat in the area where people were lifting weights. Johnson claimed to have engaged in a shouting match with the female and eventually boasted about making her cry and throwing her yoga mat across the gym.
Although Johnson erased the Facebook post, he proceeded to defend his actions on Twitter.
The UFC issued a statement this evening claiming they will hire an impartial third-party to investigate the incident.
“UFC is aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. We take these matters seriously and have commenced a formal investigation by a third-party law firm. We will act accordingly once we gather more information.”
Ugly and fat shaming are sensitive topics of conversation in America. Johnson’s situation is worse because he’s had two separate domestic violence incidences in the past.
The controversial 31-year-old was temporarily suspended by the UFC as recently as last September for allegedly knocking out the two front teeth of the mother of his two children in 2012. The charges were subsequently dismissed and Johnson was reinstated by the UFC.
Here is Johnson’s original Facebook post that he tried to delete: