A UFC prospect’s career is in jeopardy after being sentenced in an Ipswich Crown Court in England.
English UFC featherweight Arnold Allen was sentenced to five months in prison, which has been suspended for 12 months and ordered to 150 hours of community service, and one-month home curfew. Allen was also ordered to pay his victims a total of £3,250 ($4,160) for assaulting them at Christmas parties on December 23 and 24, according to ipswichstar.co.uk.
Allen pleaded guilty to affray to the incidents in which he was drunk and trying to protect his girlfriend after she was involved in an altercation with another woman.
The prosecutor told the court that Allen assaulted Andrew Hayward-Farmer, the owner of the venue that the parties were held at after Hayward-Farmer was breaking up Allen’s girlfriend from her altercation. Allen believed Hayward-Farmer was manhandling his girlfriend in the situation and punched him in the face, dropping him to the ground. Hayward-Farmer got back to his feet and Allen kicked his legs from under him dropping Hayward-Farmer to the ground again and delivered at least two more punches.
When others came to try and stop Allen from beating on Hayward-Farmer, six women were assaulted as Allen was punching and flailing away in the chaos of the incident.
Richard Conley, who represented Allen in court delivered three honorable references to the judge, which included one from a female Metropolitan Police inspector that Allen trains with. Conley added that Allen does not regularly drink alcohol and after consuming some drinks that night, it had an effect on his behavior and perceptions.
Arnold Allen holds a 12-1 professional MMA record going 3-0 in the UFC and had no previous convictions. The UFC fighter is now facing potential issues with not getting licensed for MMA from governing bodies and could face issues traveling to other countries including Canada where he does his training camps.
Article has been updated to clarify prison term was suspended for 12 months.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/14/2017.