Chope and ex-wife ask UFC to reconsider release


Last month Bleacher Report reported that Will Chope, who was to have fought Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 38, had received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force, for verbally and physically assaulting his wife on more than one occasion, and threatening her with a knife in November of 2009. Chope was also given five months confinement.

Subsequently, the UFC released Chope from his contract, and canceled the fight with Brandao.

“The UFC does not condone behavior of this nature whatsoever and Chope has been released from his contract,” read the official statement. The UFC paid Brandao both his show money, and his win money. In addition, although he was cut before the fight, Chope also received his show money.

In a joint video with his former wife and current friend Ashley, Chope provides clarification on what happened, and the pair asked the UFC to reconsider. 

“It’s my dream to fight in the UFC,” said Chope. “I want to be the best fighter in the world. I know that’s a long shot, but the only way I’m going to do that is if I’m in the UFC, so I hope they’ll reconsider.”

Chope took issue with B/R article, saying the author did not reach out to either himself or his ex wife, and said the legal documents on which the piece was based were “exaggerated” or not “fully true.”

Ashley concurred.

"We didn't get to see them until after we were in court," she said. "They were mailed to me. When me and Will were going over our statements and the Air Force document, they were completely different.  It wasn't similar to my testimony, or Will's. It was almost as if the prosecutors and his defendant had kind of meshed both sides of our stories together, but they also seemed to figure out just ‘What will he plead guilty to?’ without even telling him what I testified to. So there was a lot I didn’t know until after I saw the documents. Once I received them, it was already just a done deal, and he had already received his sentence."

“I was honestly really shocked and surprised that all of this has come up once again. Once I saw the Bleacher Report article and saw all of the comments that people were writing, it was like 'gosh, all of this is coming up again after we have moved past it so long ago.' We're really good friends now, and it just really upsets me that all of this is causing so many issues for Will, at the moment, and I just want us to be able to just let it go and move on.”

Chope said he took the deal offered and did not contest the details, so that he would get five months of jail time, rather than two years.

“Of course I took the deal,” said Chope. “That’s how the court system works. I had to play their game.”

"The journalist, he didn't even bother to contact me, or Ashley, for our opinions or anything. So he was very tabloid and TMZ style, trying to get as many hits as he can. And he got 'em."

Chope, who has returned to fighting in the Asian MMA circuit still hopes the UFC will change its mind.

"Everybody's thinking that this happened last week, or this happened with my current wife" said Chope. "But no, it was five years ago. I'm 23 this happened when I was 18 years old, you know? It was back in 2009. A lot of things have changed since then. I've moved on. I've changed a lot." 

“I just want to keep fighting. I just want to provide for my family and be the best man, be the best fighter, I can be.”

“Of course it sucks, but I do accept it. I just wish that the UFC would reconsider.”

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jasonhightower site profile image  

4/4/14 7:30 PM by jasonhightower

That makes sense. Any insight on why he was cut when his record was disclosed in advance to the UFC? It seems the conduct clause must include "allegations" as well as convictions.

rushinbear site profile image  

4/4/14 7:12 PM by rushinbear

to me an assault is an assault regardless.... again, if it affects the bottom line then decisions, even rash and spontaneous ones, are based on nothing else.... forrest, rashad, gus, jones are big money commodities, Chope, nope!

CindyO site profile image  

4/4/14 6:59 PM by CindyO

Against their kids or wives, I'd say 100% of the offenders. Against other folks, I doubt too many. The UFC's conduct clause it only about two years old so whatever happened before then was at their discretion. Now there are rules and penalties for what the fighters do on their own time so it makes no sense to make comparisons between a fighter who has been under contract without the conduct clause for 5-10 years and a newish guy signed to a contract with a strict conduct clause, IMO.Cindy

jasonhightower site profile image  

4/4/14 4:31 PM by jasonhightower

I wonder how many fighters would be fired if they universally cut anyone with a Simple Assault charge on their record.

Ian King site profile image  

4/4/14 4:29 PM by Ian King

Yes, domestic violence upsets me.

theFLYnTACO site profile image  

4/3/14 11:28 PM by theFLYnTACO

Dang, 4 pages and no "Let him bang bro!"?

Proteus The Invincible site profile image  

4/3/14 11:10 PM by Proteus The Invincible

There are probably a lot of upper-level fighters who've assaulted or threatened to kill someone. If you removed all of them from MMA, which includes guys such as Anderson Silva and Alexander Gustafsson, the sport's roster of fighters, past, present and future, would likely be quite different. After all, MMA, arguably the most violent popular sport in the world, is sure to attract violent competitors.

comeonman1 site profile image  

4/3/14 8:18 PM by comeonman1

Definitely sexy....

Kim Jong Uno site profile image  

4/3/14 8:14 PM by Kim Jong Uno

I hear ya, but if you beat on a woman, when you threaten her with death, in my opinion you blew your chance to be a professional combatant. At least, as a consumer it is something I would never purchase or invest time in. There simply is no excuse for doing what he did. Time to learn how to paint houses, or take some trade school courses and support your family that way I guess.

BernardHopkins site profile image  

4/3/14 7:33 PM by BernardHopkins

nice VU