Domestic abuse allegations pile up on UFC star Anthony Johnson

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Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson's UFC career was plunged into further jeopardy last night after another woman came forward saying she was a victim of Johnson.

The light heavyweight fighter was suspended recently over domestic abuse allegations, that resulted in a judge giving a former partner a restraining order against the UFC star.

Since then, a further two women have come forward against 'Rumble' with claims that he physically abused them.

Zero tolerance policy

The UFC is firm on its stance about domestic abuse and it has a zero tolerance policy in place, which has lead to the release and re-release of fellow light heavyweight fighter, Thiago Silva.

At the moment, Johnson is on 'indefinite suspension' as the UFC investigates the claims that have been made against Johnson, but if he's found guilty in these new cases, it could spell the end of his second UFC stint.

Speaking to ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto, White said: "We do have a zero-tolerance policy, but I think we looked at that situation and the guy had gone through the court system and he was placed on suspension. He has served whatever he had served and we were comfortable bringing him in at that time. Obviously, now in addition to these recent allegations being made, the fact there is a prior makes us a lot more concerned about it."

"You've got to give people a fair f------ shake. What we have to do as a company and human beings is we have to do what's morally right and then we have to do what's right for the business, too."

The worst time possible

For Johnson, these allegations come at the worst possible, as he was on the cusp of becoming the number one contender for Jon Jones' UFC Light Heavyweight title.

"He's not in a good position right now. He was at the biggest point of his career, where he was just on the cusp of making huge money, being involved in huge fights. I wouldn't want to be him right now. Even if (the latest allegations) go his way. We'll see what happens." White told ESPN.

A bout with Alexander Gustafsson was rumoured to be taking place next year for Gustafsson's number one contendership, but those plans have been put on hold and Gustafsson is once again left waiting for the result of Jones' fight with Daniel Cormier.

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Johnson had finally found a weight class that was right for him, after several failed attempts at making weight in the welter and middleweight divisions and even some heavyweight appearances.

He dominated Phil Davis in his return to the UFC and annihilated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, also known as 'Little Nog', earlier this year to put himself amongst the division's top fighters.

Now that status hangs in the balance as both the UFC and the police investigate these allegations, that will have a life changing effect on Johnson no matter the result.

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Dana White

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