Will Chope was hours away from his second UFC bout, when officials decided to release him from the promotion after word came out about a 5-year-old ‘misdemeanor assault’ case stemming from a domestic violence incident. Chope and his ex-wife has since released a joint statement to appeal the decision, but Dana White doesn’t seem to be keen on giving him another shot, stating that it’s a sort of thing that could affect their business.
The full audio of Dana White’s comments about Chope’s release can be seen above or over at MMAFighting, and here are a few choice quotes:
“It seems like a great guy and he’s got his stuff together, but a few years ago he didn’t sound like such a great guy,” White said. “You put your hands on your girlfriend or your wife and you’re accused of it. You beat her three times or whatever you did, that’s a tough one to overcome.”
“Believe me, if there is anybody on this planet into giving second chances and we all make mistakes, we’re all human beings … we will give guys second chances, but first of all, we’ve got sponsorship partners, we have television partners, and the list goes on and on. As tolerant as I may be, some of our partners may not.”
Chope’s next fight is set for next month at PRO FC 9 in Taiwan, a promotion where the Asia-based American first made his MMA debut.
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