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Anthony Johnson apologizes for 'ugly' Facebook rant against woman from his gym

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Anthony Johnson drew headlines for an ugly rant against a woman from his gym Tuesday on Facebook. On Wednesday, he deleted the post and apologized.

"I'm man enough to admit when I'm wrong and yesterday I was absolutely wrong," Johnson wrote on Facebook.

Johnson's angry, written tirade got the attention of mainstream sports websites like The Big Lead, mostly because of the UFC light heavyweight's history with domestic violence. He was suspended by the UFC last year following allegations of abuse and pleaded no contest to a domestic violence charge in 2010. Johnson has denied all of those accusations and the UFC reinstated him after an independent investigation last year.

In the Facebook post, Johnson described how a woman stretched on a yoga mat near where people were lifting weights. After an apparent argument, Johnson said he picked up her mat and threw it. "Rumble" referred to the woman as "ugly" and said she was "built like a bag of dry dog food."

"Who in their right mind stretches where people are supposed to lift?" Johnson wrote. "Don't ever run your mouth at me again you won't win that battle I will. Talking about that it was rude that I lifted next to you while you were stretching. You need more than stretching to help that beat up body."

Though he defended himself Tuesday night on Twitter, Johnson wrote Wednesday that he should not have written the original post while still angry from the argument.

"I do want to apologize to her for being rude as I was and not taking a break to relax after our argument," he wrote. "Sorry to everyone else too for having to witness me getting upset about a argument in the gym. I'm not going to sugarcoat it and make it seem like I'm a angel because I'm not but I will admit when I'm wrong."

Johnson, 31, takes on Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191 on Sept. 5 in Las Vegas. He is coming off a third-round submission loss to Daniel Cormier in a fight for the vacant light heavyweight title at UFC 187 in May.