UFC reinstates Anthony Johnson

The UFC reinstated light heavyweight Anthony Johnson on Thursday, after a civil protection order filed against him was dropped in Florida Circuit Court.

The announcement ends Johnson's indefinite UFC suspension, which the promotion handed down Sept. 19. The suspension followed an initial article by BloodyElbow.com that reported a woman, allegedly the mother of two of Johnson's children, had claimed she received threatening texts from him and that she suffered physical abuse from him in 2012.

The UFC said in September that it would conduct an independent investigation into the matter. With the civil case dropped, the UFC plans to move forward in booking Johnson a fight immediately.

"The person who filed a civil temporary protection order against UFC contender Anthony Johnson last September voluntarily dismissed their complaint last week," a UFC statement read. "The dismissal of the case, along with an independent investigation that was commissioned by the UFC organization, brings closure to this matter for Johnson and allows him to return to competition in the UFC. As a result, UFC officials are exploring options for Johnson's next fight to take place early next year.

"The UFC organization will not tolerate domestic violence, sexual assault or any other violation of its Code of Conduct. The organization is committed to thoroughly investigating all allegations and taking the appropriate action when warranted."

Johnson's representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Johnson wrote on Twitter on Thursday: "Civil case against me was dismissed. Im (sic) cleared to fight again."

Johnson, 30, also faced misdemeanor charges in an alleged domestic violence incident in 2009. According to the BloodyElbow.com report, Johnson pleaded "nolo contendere" in 2010 in relation to that incident and received three years' probation. UFC president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed to ESPN.com in September that they were aware of the previous case.

Fighting out of the Blackzilians camp in Boca Raton, Florida, Johnson (18-4) is the No. 4-ranked light heavyweight in the world, according to ESPN.com. He is currently on an eight-fight win streak and in title contention at 205 pounds. He was expected to fight Alexander Gustafsson at the time of his suspension.