Anthony Johnson Responds To Accusations That He Abuses His Dogs

5

Wherever UFC Light Heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson goes, controversy seems to follow.

Just a week ago, UFC reinstated “Rumble” Johnson following an “inconclusive investigation” into multiple domestic violence claims made against him, which subsequently made him eligible to compete as scheduled at this Saturday’s UFC 191 pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada.

If the domestic abuse incident wasn’t enough, last month, “Rumble” found himself in another controversial situation, as the former UFC title contender took to Instagram to complain — and basically threaten — an “ugly girl” that he had a physical altercation with at a gym.

The latest controversy surrounding Johnson now involves animal abuse.

An online petition surfaced this week, which was actually created four months ago, accusing Johnson of abusing dogs and asking the UFC to release him as a result of the alleged cruel behavior.

At the UFC 191 media day on Thursday, “Rumble” Johnson finally addressed the latest accusations being made against him, claiming that he does not abuse animals, but does admit to the practice of cropping his dogs ears.

“My dogs are well liked and well loved,” Johnson said. “I take my dogs everywhere. Somebody put I’m manipulating my dogs. Dude, I cropped his ears. I’m not beating the dog, I’m not starving the dog to death. Nothing like that. I definitely laugh at things like that, because everybody that knows me — even if you don’t know me and look at my Instagram, look at my Facebook and stuff — you can tell I love my dogs.”

Johnson continued, “I’m not what the media tries to make me out to be, but I am who I am. That whole kennel thing, that’s not even my dog and people want to make it sound like it’s my dog. But I do crop my dog’s ears. At the same time, they want to talk about dogs with cropped ears, they need to go after everybody. They’re just trying to target me just because.”

“I don’t care,” Johnson continued. “If you see my Instagram or my kennel Instagram — Facebook and all that stuff with my dogs — you can clearly tell my dogs are loved. They eat steaks every day. I eat freakin’ French fries. They eat steaks.

“I’m not worried about all that. If they want to go after my dogs, that’s fine. My dogs will sit there and look at them and smile at them if anything, with their tongues out. If they want to go after my dogs, go ahead.”

For now, Johnson resumes focus as he takes on Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson II this Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Latest Episode of the MMA News Podcast (View All)

Latest MMA News

Al Iaquinta

Al Iaquinta on UFC Athlete Retreat: ‘I Felt Uncomfortable Being There’

Al Iaquinta still isn't chummy with the folks at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). When "Raging" announced his return to the Octagon, many thought he...
Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather: ‘I Look Forward to Signing my End of The Deal’ to Fight...

If Floyd Mayweather signs on the dotted line, he will get his super fight with Conor McGregor. Late last week, McGregor signed his portion of...

As Expected, Vitor Belfort Will Not Retire Following UFC 212

Yes, UFC 212 marks the final fight in the UFC career of former champion Vitor Belfort. But "The Phenom" is not walking away from competition...
video

UFC Fight Night 114 Will Feature Flyweights Sergio Pettis, Brandon Moreno

A flyweight battle between Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno will headline UFC Fight Night 114, the promotion announced. The card takes place August 5 from...
Cris Cyborg

Angela Magana Speaks Out on Incident Involving Cris Cyborg

UFC fighter - yes, she is still under contract with the UFC - Angela Magana was reportedly involved in an incident with Cris Cyborg...
Santiago Ponzinibbio

Santiago Ponzinibbio on Gunnar Nelson Bout: ‘I Was Already Expecting a Big Fight’

Santiago Ponzinibbio says he knew he'd get a step up in competition after winning four in a row. On July 16, Ponzinibbio will meet Gunnar...
Rory MacDonald

Rory MacDonald Says Winning is a ‘Good Feeling to Have Back’

It took Rory MacDonald a while to get back in the win column, but he did so in dominant fashion. Before stepping inside the SSE...
Cris Cyborg

Amanda Nunes Says She Wants to See Cris Cyborg Hold UFC Gold

Amanda Nunes would rather rule the roost at 135 pounds, than meet Cris Cyborg unprepared in the women's featherweight division. Nunes will defend her Ultimate...
Joanne Calderwood

Cynthia Calvillo’s Smirk Gives Joanne Calderwood Added Motivation

For Joanne Calderwood, a simple facial expression is all she needs to read an underlying message. Calderwood is scheduled to meet Cynthia Calvillo inside the The...
Countdownvideo

Video: Watch The Full Episode of UFC Fight Night 109 Countdown

The countdown to UFC Fight Night 109 has been uploaded on the official YouTube channel of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). On Sunday (May 28),...