Feb 15, 2014; Jaragua do Sul, SC, Brazil; A general view of the octagon before Erick Silva (red gloves) fights Takenori Sato (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night Machida vs Mousasi at Arena Jaragua. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Will Chope pulled from fight, released by UFC after troubling past comes to light

Will Chope was set to face Diego Brandao in a featherweight bout on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 38, but he has been pulled from the bout and released by the UFC after information about his past came to light.

Bleacher Report reported that Chope was kicked out of the U.S. Air Force after assaulting his wife and threatening her with a knife in November 2009. That was also not the only incident between the two, according to an Air Force Court of Appeals document.

The UFC has said that they will comment on the issue further later in the day, with more information being released.

As for Chope’s opponent, Diego Brandao, he will receive his show money and will likely be booked on an upcoming card. Unfortunately, none of that will make him feel better about being robbed of the opportunity to fight in his home country.

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  • James Mullen

    Well, in my opinion I think the UFC let an opportunity slip through their fingers. They could have set up the first UFC match pitting women against men. The only difference being the man would have to use traditional boxing gloves & the woman would be allowed to wear headgear if they chose. Example, Will (the woman abuser) Chope vs. (rowdy) Rhonda Rousey. Or you could really make this a beat-down, while bringing in another 1st, by bringing in a couple more women & making this a 3 on 1 tag team battle. I bet that would stir up some interest.