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Anthony Johnson's UFC 191 inclusion sparks anti-domestic violence protests

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UFC light heavyweight Anthony Johnson, who has been involved in multiple domestic violence investigations, will be the target of an anti-DV protest when he competes at UFC 191.

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It appears that Anthony Johnson will be the target of an anti-domestic violence protest at UFC 191. According to Eventbrite, an anti-DV group called MMA Watchdog will assemble outside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to protest Rumble's inclusion on the September 5th card. Here's what the statement says:

"There will be an organized protest outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 5 for UFC 191. UFC claims to have a zero tolerance policy against domestic abuse, but that policy is selectively applied. Certain fighters are protected if they are popular.

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson should not be fighting at this event. His most recent outburst against a helpless woman practicing Yoga was uncalled for. A man of his size and skill should not be intimidating/menacing women and invading their personal space. After the confrontation, he went online bragging about these cowardly actions for days - threatening to do it again to the women & suggesting that she better not come back to the gym. Johnson has numerous accusations of alleged domestic violence against him. He was even convicted & sentenced for it on at least one known occasion (pled no contest).

Travis Browne, a UFC Heavyweight, was recently 'cleared' by the UFC without any official criminal investigation.

Come to our rally on the night of UFC 191 and take a stand with us.

‪#‎UFC191rally‬"

Johnson was most recently investigated by the UFC for an incident with a female in a Florida gym that Johnson himself recounted on his Facebook page. He later apologized for the incident. The UFC took no action against Johnson for the incident other than stating he would be attending counseling and donating to a Florida-based women's charity.

He will face off with Jimi Manuwa at this weekend's event.