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Marlon Sandro charged with attempted murder

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Marlon Sandro (left) is a former Bellator, Sengoku and Pancrase fighter.

Marlon Sandro is in serious hot water in Brazil.

The 37-fight veteran faces multiple charges for two separate alleged incidents in the past three months.

He was accused of attacking his fiancée on Dec. 14 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sandro allegedly injured Tayssa Wuensche’s arm, choked her out in the middle of the street, and kept punching and kicking her after she woke back up.

The MMA fighter will face an attempted murder charge for this incident, MMA Fighting has learned per a police report. Police investigated the case after it became public on social media and through the media Dec. 15. Sandro can get up to 20 years in jail if found guilty.

MMA Fighting also obtained a second police report which was filed Feb. 9. In that one, Wuensche said she was threatened by Sandro at 6:30 p.m. local time that day. Wuensche didn’t request protection in a public shelter, the report reads, but Sandro was charged under the "Lei Maria da Penha," a law that protects women from domestic violence.

According to the police report, an intoxicated Sandro allegedly broke into Wuensche’s home Feb. 9 and threatened her with a knife, choking her with a pillow whenever she started crying. Sandro allegedly threatened to end her life, claiming she had ruined his career, the report reads. Per the police report, Wuensche was later saved by her mother and brother after she managed to text her.

Sandro declined to comment when contacted by MMA Fighting on Tuesday night. The Brazilian court has yet to set a date for him to appear in front of a judge.

After more than two months of silence, Sandro released a video and a statement on his social media Tuesday, admitting he made “mistakes,” but never directly acknowledging the alleged attacks on his ex-fiancée. Sandro says he’s currently unemployed after getting kicked out of Nova Uniao in December.

”Guys, I came here to ask you a chance to work,” Sandro said. “I’m unemployed, I need to work, I need to fight, and I’m asking you all an opportunity. I have no problem leaving the country, traveling, working. I’m resolving my problems in justice.

”I know I’ve failed, I know I made a mistake, but I think that every human being has the right to redeem himself and try to fix things in life. I know I’m a good citizen. I know I failed, I know I made a mistake, but I know that I have a lot more to fix and get better.”