UFC heavyweight Ben Sosoli has been sentenced to 22 months behind bars in relation to an assault at a bar in September of 2019.
Sosoli was working as a bouncer at the Jackson’s Lounge Bar in Melbourne, Australia when he punched a drunken customer who had twice sneaked into the establishment despite being refused entry.
The customer suffered a broken jaw as a result of the punch and had to undergo surgery.
In his defense, Sosoli claimed that the man had been, “threatening to f*ck him up,” but the judge was unimpressed, stating that, “You are expected not to respond to provocation in the way you did.”
Sosoli plead guilty to recklessly causing serious injury and will now have to serve a minimum of 11 months of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
The 30-year-old Sosoli first entered the UFC via the Contender Series in 2019, but has failed to make his mark in the promotion.
his first fight was against Greg Hardy, which he initially lost by unanimous decision, though it was later amended to a no-contest due to his opponent having used an inhaler inbetween rounds.
Then in February of this year he took on Marcos Rogerio de Lima and suffered an 88 second TKO loss.
A report has since suggested that Sosoli has now been released from his UFC contract, though that’s not yet been officially confirmed.