Retired Johnson charged with domestic battery

Retired UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery on Monday in South Florida, according to court records.

Johnson, 35, has an arraignment hearing scheduled for June 3 in Palm Beach County.

A woman who described herself as Johnson's girlfriend told police she was packing up his belongings from a bedroom during an argument when Johnson picked her up and "put her in a football hold" Monday, per the Boca Raton Police Department probable cause affidavit obtained by ESPN.

The woman did not have visible injuries, and Johnson admitted he picked her up but did not intend to hurt her, per the affidavit. Johnson told police he just wanted to take her into another room, so she would stop arguing with him.

Police believed Johnson "actually and intentionally touched" the alleged victim "against her will," leading to the arrest.

Johnson, a Deerfield Beach, Florida., resident, was taken into custody by Boca Raton police and released Tuesday afternoon under his own recognizance, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office records. Johnson, nicknamed "Rumble" in his fighting days, was ruled indigent (or poor) and assigned a public defender by Palm Beach County criminal court.

His representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Johnson, who retired from mixed martial arts with a 22-6 record in 2017, has been charged with domestic violence in the past. In 2009, he pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor in California. Johnson told ESPN in 2015 that he did not get physical with his accuser during that incident and maintained a friendship with her afterward.

In February, a woman filed for a restraining order against Johnson, citing the fear of dating violence. He was suspended by the UFC in 2012, pending an investigation, after abuse allegations from another woman. Johnson denied the accusations and was ultimately cleared by the UFC.