Ex-Wife Supports Fighter Discharged From Air Force For Spousal Abuse

The assault charges a former UFC fighter pleaded guilty to in military court appear to be more severe than what actually happened, according to his victim. Will Chope’s ex-wife Ashley said in a joint video Tuesday that the incident described in an Air Force Court of Appeals document was “completely different” than reality.

Chope was pulled from his fight March 23 against Diego Brandao in Brazil and released by the UFC after it was reported by Bleacher Report just hours before the bout that Chope was discharged from the Air Force after repeated spousal abuse five years ago.

The document described how Chope threatened Ashley with a knife, slammed her head against the wall and muffled her cries of help with a pillow or blanket. It also stated that it wasn’t the first time Chope assaulted her.

Heres what his victim, Ashely, had this to say regarding the matter:

“It wasn’t similar to my testimony or Will’s, It was almost as if the prosecutors and [Chope’s] defendant had kind of meshed both sides of our stories together. They also seemed to just try and find out what will he plead guilty to without even telling him what I testified to. They don’t even know the person that he is today and the person that I’ve known for the past nine years, He’s a wonderful person. He deserves to be judged on the man he is now instead of wrongfully judged on the person he used to be.He paid the debt for those actions. He has more than proved himself to be a changed man.

Chope had this to say:

“It’s my dream to be in the UFC, I want to be the best fighter in the world. That’s what I want to do. I know that’s a long shot, but the only way I’m gonna do that is if I’m in the UFC. So I hope they reconsider.”

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