Will Chope, ex-wife issue joint statement in response to UFC release, past domestic violence incidents

Former UFC featherweight Will Chope is responding to questions and concerns raised from a Bleacher Report articleuncovering Chope had been given a Bad Conduct Discharge and sentenced to five months imprisonment from the Air Force in 2011. The report and facts contained therein eventually caused the UFC to cut Chope from the organization the day of his last-scheduled fight opposite Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2.

Chope, who was paid his show money for the bout despite not competing, created the video above with his ex-wife, who is identified here as Ashleigh.

The two answer a number of common questions stemming both from Chope's dismissal from the UFC and Air Force as well as the state of their current relationship. Chope ex-wife's says she and Chope are friends, that some details in the military's documentation of the domestic violence incidents are exaggerated, the two are friends now and she's forgiven Chope because she maintains he's a changed person.

For his part, Chope notes he's returning to Pro Fighting - an organization he previously fought for - and asks the UFC will reconsider their release of him.

"It sucks my private life got thrown out in the media like this, but there's nothing I can do about that now. It's there," Chope states. "I just hope you guys understand and you guys can back off."

"At the end of the day," Chope continues, "I did get cut by the UFC. I am grateful. The UFC was grateful enough to actually pay me my show money because I did weigh in for my last fight against Diego Brandao, but I got cut. I hold no ill grudge against the UFC. I understand what they're doing. They're protecting their brand. They don't want a guy who has domestic violence on the record fighting in the UFC, and I get that.

"But I hope now that they have all the details and all the facts from me and my ex-wife - the victim - that they would reconsider. It's my dream to fight 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 going to do that is if I'm in the UFC. I hope they reconsider."

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