The UFC has reinstated heavyweight Travis Browne from a company-mandated suspension after an independent investigation determined there was "inconclusive evidence" to support domestic violence accusations against him.
The promotion temporarily suspended Browne, 33, in July, when his wife, Jenna Renee Webb, posted photos on social media that showed bruises all over her body. Webb claimed the bruises were caused by Browne.
In a statement released on Friday, the UFC said an investigation spearheaded by Las Vegas-based law firm Campbell & Williams turned up inconclusive evidence to support Webb's claims. Browne was not criminally charged.
"Conducted by a former FBI agent with more than 25 years of experience, the seven-week investigation included interviews with multiple subjects associated with the principals, as well as the principals themselves," the statement read. "The investigation found inconclusive evidence to support claims of alleged domestic violence involving Browne and inconclusive evidence that Browne had violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy."
According to the statement, the UFC expects Browne (17-3-1) to return to the Octagon in "coming months." Browne released a statement to ESPN.com through his manager, John Fosco.
"I'd like to first thank my family, friends, fans and team for the overwhelming support they have shown me during this challenging time," Browne stated. "This two-month period has taught me that strength truly does come from within. Sometimes saying nothing requires more strength than saying everything.
"I am so excited that this investigation has concluded and that I have the privilege to get back in the cage and do what I was put on this earth to do."
Additionally, Browne said his two sons, Kaleo and Keawe, "have been taught to show women the utmost respect."
The nearly two-month investigation included interviews of "nearly a dozen individuals" and analysis of "various forms of electronic data reflecting interactions of the principals with each other and third parties," according to the UFC release.
ESPN.com ranks Browne the No. 8 heavyweight in the world. He trains out of Glendale Fighting Club in Southern California.