Anthony Johnson arrested after Bellator debut win for alleged 2019 use of stolen credit card

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Anthony Johnson’s trip to Connecticut for Bellator 258 got him into some unexpected trouble with the law.

New Canaan Police online records show that Johnson, 37, was arrested Saturday and faces multiple charges of identity theft. According to a police report, the arrest stemmed from a November 2019 complaint in which an alleged victim claimed “their credit card being used by a third party without permission” after the card was used to purchase a round-trip airline ticket from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Newark, N.J. The name of the passenger on the ticket was Anthony Johnson.

A police investigation determined that Johnson, who lives in Deerfield Beach, Fla., where he trains out of Sanford MMA, “illegally obtained (the) credit card to purchase the airline ticket.” An arrest warrant for Johnson subsequently was obtained. Eighteen months after the complaint, he was taken from Mohegan Sun Arena into police custody on Saturday, one night after knocking out Jose Augusto to advance to the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix semifinals.


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Johnson was released on a $500 bond and received a June 8 court date, according to the police report. New of the arrest was first reported by the Daily Voice.

MMA Junkie reached out to Bellator for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

Johnson’s win over Augusto was his first fight in four years since he retired after losing a UFC light heavyweight title fight to then-champion Daniel Cormier in April 2017.


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