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Anti-domestic violence rally planned for UFC 191 to protest inclusion of Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson

Esther Lin | MMA Fighting

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Anthony Johnson isn't losing any sleep over last month's misogynistic Facebook rant (read it here), one that forced him to enter counseling and make a donation to a Florida-based women's charity.

That said, today's news may cost him a few winks.

"Rumble" is expected to compete in the UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Saturday night (Sept. 5, 2015) inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. And those boos you might hear outside the arena won't be coming from fans of his opponent.

They'll be coming from protesters, according to Eventbrite, who are expected to rally outside the "Sin City" hotel.

There will be an organized protest outside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 5 for UFC 191. UFC claims to have a zero tolerance policy against domestic abuse, but that policy is selectively applied. Certain fighters are protected if they are popular.

Anthony "Rumble" Johnson should not be fighting at this event. His most recent outburst against a helpless woman practicing Yoga was uncalled for. A man of his size and skill should not be intimidating/menacing women and invading their personal space. After the confrontation, he went online bragging about these cowardly actions for days - threatening to do it again to the women & suggesting that she better not come back to the gym. Johnson has numerous accusations of alleged domestic violence against him. He was even convicted & sentenced for it on at least one known occasion (pled no contest).

Travis Browne, a UFC Heavyweight, was recently 'cleared' by the UFC without any official criminal investigation.

Come to our rally on the night of UFC 191 and take a stand with us.


This is not the first time the promotion has been faced with criticism of its domestic violence policy.

In early 2013, women's groups -- with the help of the Las Vegas Culinary Union -- called for the removal of Quinton Jackson from the UFC on FOX 6 event in Chicago. "Rampage" came under fire for publishing a video tutorial on the most effective way to rape women.

This weekend's rally is being organized by "MMA Watchdog."

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