MMA Star Anthony Johnson Arrested And Charged With Third-Degree Identity Theft

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It’s safe to say that the comeback for former mixed martial arts star Anthony Johnson didn’t go exactly as planned.

The MMA competitor, who was able to raise his hand in the middle of the ring after a win over Jose Augusto, was arrested a day after his debut victory in Bellator.

The fighter was led away and arrested at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., on Saturday.

Oddly enough, he was not charged with anything to do with fighting, but with third-degree identity theft.

“On 11/09/2019 the New Canaan Police took a complainant regarding a victim having their credit card being used by a third party without permission,” New Canaan police said in their arrest log.

“The illegal use of the credit card was used to purchase a round-trip airline ticket from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL) to Newark, NJ (EWR). The name of the passenger was Anthony Johnson.”

Johnson didn’t need a long night to take care of Augusto, as he knocked him out in the second round of the bout, moving to 23-6 in his fighting career. It seems he had a long night anyway though.

The fighter has a court appearance later in May. For now, Bellator has not commented on the arrest.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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