The UFC released a statement today on their website reinstating top light heavyweight contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
“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. 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.
‘The UFC organization will not tolerate domestic violence, sexual assault or any other violation of its Code of Conduct. The organization is committed to thoroughly investigating all allegations and taking the appropriate action when warranted.”
Johnson (18-4) is ranked No. 3 in the 205 pound division. He’s currently riding a eight fight winning streak, most recently knocking out Little Nog in July. Just prior to that he scored a dominating decision win over Phil Davis in April. No word yet when we’ll see him back in the Octagon, but it will be good to have the powerful striker back in the mix.