One day after Michael Johnson’s co-main event clash with Edson Barboza was announced, the UFC released a statement explaining why “The Menace” had been out of action since March this year.
Johnson’s inactivity was apparently the result of an arrest in Florida. Monday, the UFC released a statement regarding the incident:
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. 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 was last scheduled to scrap with Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12 in July. Shortly after the booking, it was reported by MMA Junkie that he withdrew due to an injury.
Johnson, ranked no. 12 in the lightweight division, is expected to meet Barboza in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on Feb. 22. Their collision is on tap as the co-main event.