Will Chope Released by UFC, Diego Brandao Given Show/Win Money

The Ultimate Fighting Championship released a statement this morning regarding Will Chope:

Tonight’s featherweight bout between Will Chope and Diego Brandao has been canceled after UFC officials were made aware of Chope’s previous military conviction. The UFC does not condone behavior of this nature whatsoever and Chope has been released from his contract. Brandao will receive both his show and win money for the bout.

Will Chope was kicked out of the Air Force after assaulting his wife and threatening her with a knife in November 2009. According to Air Force Court of Appeals documents, it was not the first instance of Chope, then an Airman, assaulting his wife. According to the court record, Chope and his wife got into an argument concerning a credit card during that phone call. He asked her to pick him up at Andersen Air Force Base (in Guam) so that he could see his daughter at her home. She reluctantly did so, but during the visit they resumed the argument about the credit card. Chope told his wife that if she didn’t give him the credit card, he was going to hurt her:

When AW refused, the appellant told her that he had nothing to lose and that he was going back to Florida. He then went to the kitchen, retrieved a paring knife, and threatened AW with it. He grabbed her, slammed her head onto the floor, and hit her on top of her head with both the knife handle and his hand. When AW screamed for help, the appellant took her onto the ground, and used a “pillow or blanket” to silence her screams.

His wife continued refusing to give him the credit card. The court document states that Chope kicked her in the leg when she tried to escape, but she did not give him the credit card. Chope received a sentence of five months’ confinement and a bad conduct discharge.

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