MMAFrenzy.com has confirmed with the Hayward, California Police Department that UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson was arrested on June 27 on multiple charges relating to an alleged domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend.
The charges include domestic violence, battery with a special relationship, criminal threats, and damaging a cell phone. Though he was arrested on felony charges, the District Attorney filed misdemeanor charges, each of which is punishable by up to a year in county jail and an undisclosed fine if convicted.
According to police, the incident took place at 10:49am PT on the 27th with Johnson then contacting police on his own before being arrested at 1:30pm that afternoon. Authorities said he was very cooperative and polite.
Details of the incident were not available, though based on the charges Johnson allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend during the incident and damaged a cell phone so that she was unable to contact police to report the incident.
When reached for comment, Nathan Brodnax of MMAagents, which represents Johnson, had no official comment on his arrest and could not confirm any details of the incident, but said they would be issuing an official statement later tonight or tomorrow.
Johnson, who was bailed out by an undisclosed party on the 27th through a bonding agency, is next scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing on July 17th.
According to Twitter, Johnson is signing autographs from 6-7:30pm PT tonight at a Champs location in Las Vegas.
Attempts to reach the UFC for comment were unsuccessful.
Known for his knockout power, Johnson (7-2) is 4-2 in 6 UFC fights, including back-to-back knockout victories over Kevin Burns in December and Luigi Fioravanti in his most-recent bout in February, as well as a controversial loss to Burns last July. “Rumble” had been scheduled to fight Matt Brown at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June but withdrew from the matchup in May after injuring his knee during training. Johnson’s other UFC wins were first-round knockouts of Chad Reiner and Tommy Spear, while his other loss came against came against Rich Clementi in 2007 in just his second fight inside the Octagon.