Will Chope was cut from the UFC only hours before his scheduled fight against Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 38 once it was revealed that Chope was discharged from the U.S. Air Force.
The reason Chope was discharged was for 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.
Once Chope was released from the organization, he made this statement on his Facebook:
My fight has been canceled for a 5 year old mistake I made. I am truly sorry to all the fans and will do everything I can to make this right. I have spoken with my ex-wife on the phone and she supports what I am doing and together we will make a formal press release as soon as I get back to the USA on Wednesday.
Two days ago, Chope and his ex-wife posted their official statement on YouTube, asking the UFC to reconsider cutting him. You can watch the entire statement in the video below: