[VIDEO] Will Chope and Wife Issue Joint Statement Asking UFC to Reconsider Releasing Him
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.01.2014
It's his dream to fight in the UFC...
Will Chope and his wife have released a video statement asking the UFC to reconsider releasing him. As previously reported, Chope was cut from the promotion after it was revealed that he was disciplined while in the military for assaulting his then-wife Ashley in 2009 after finding out about an affair. The two have separated since but Ashley appeared with him in the statement, saying they've become close friends and jointly raise their daughter.
Chope said in the statement, "It's my dream to fight in the UFC. 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."
Ashley said, "I was honestly really shocked and surprised that all of this has come up once again. 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."
She added that the Air Force Court of Appeals document that was reported on "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."
Chope said that he chose not to argue the details of the case in order to get a shorter sentence, saying, "Of course I took the deal. That's how the court system works. I had to play their game...A lot of things have changed since then. I've moved on, and I've changed a lot."
He said that he did disclose his conviction to UFC officials prior to signing with them but says he's not trying to cause controversy. He said, "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."