Just as it was going so great from Anthony Johnson and his latest run in the UFC, the words ‘too good to be true’ springs to mind.
After being cut from the UFC for failing to make weight on multiple occasions the 30-year-old stopped trying to make welterweight and jumped up to light-heavyweight and even heavyweight on one occasion. He went on an absolute tear since his release from the UFC and hasn’t looked back since going 8-0 in has last eight outings.
He looked great, the fans loved the new ‘Rumble’ and the UFC loved the, much needed, added excitement in the light-heavyweight division. But now Johnson has once again found himself on the bad side of the UFC and also the law after it was revealed that the mother of his children has filed a restraining order against the MMA fighter.
The following police report (via Bloody Elbow) reads as followed (the name of the alleged victim has been redacted at her request):
On 09/05/14 I met with the complainant, *redacted*, at the DBPD in reference to a domestic dispute. *Redacted* advised that she is frightened by the father of their children, Anthony Johnson.
*Redacted* stated that two years ago Johnson hit her in the face and knocked out two of her teeth. Since that incident she has had several other verbal altercations with Johnson. *redacted* has only reported one of the incidents to the police.
Most recently, Johnson went to *redacted*’s house and tok their dog on 08/24/14. *Redacted* also advised that she keeps receiving calls and text messages from an unknown male subject threatening her. *Redacted* stated that it’s not Johnson but thinks it’s his friends.
I advised *redacted* to go to the Courthouse and obtain a no contact order against Johnson.
I provided *redacted* with a domestic violence brochure.
Bloody Elbow also contacted Johnson’s team and is lawyer, Frank Smith, issued the following statement, “Anthony categorically denies all allegations and looks forward to his court date in the civil matter, where the truth and lies will be established.”
In response to the revelation the UFC released the following statement via their website confirming that Johnson has been suspended indefinitely.
“We are aware of the situation involving Anthony Johnson. As a result, we are suspending him indefinitely. 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.”
Johnson was originally slated to face perennial title contender Alexander Gustafsson but now, as we would imagine, that fight will not be happening.